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Roofer electrocuted when aluminum extension ladder contacts overhead power line.
FACE Facts 2006 Nov; :1-2
Background: In Massachusetts, from 1991 - 2004, 18 workers were electrocuted either through direct contact with energized power lines or when the equipment they were using touched the power lines. Fourteen of these electrocutions occurred in the construction industry. As with most occupational injuries and fatalities, these electrocutions could have been prevented. Incident: A 40-year-old male roofer was fatally electrocuted and a 21 -year-old coworker was seriously injured when the 32-foot aluminum extension ladder they were unloading from a pickup truck came in contact with an energized overhead power line. The victim and the coworker, who were bringing equipment to the jobsite, parked the pickup truck and started to unload the aluminum extension ladder. As the victim and the coworker lifted the already extended aluminum extension ladder off of the pickup truck, it came in contact with the overhead energized power lines. Overhead power lines are not insulated! While some overhead power lines have a coating to protect them from the weather, this coating will not protect you from electric shock.
Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Injury-prevention; Protective-measures; Electrical-shock; Electrocutions; Electrical-hazards; Electrical-conductivity; Electric-power-transmission-lines; Roofing-industry
Occupational Health Surveillance Program, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, 250 Washington Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02108
Disease and Injury: Traumatic Injuries
Fatality Investigation Report: FACE Facts
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division