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Journeyman lineman run over by off-road vehicle while directing the vehicle onto a transport trailer.

Michigan State University
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, FACE 07MI073, 2008 Jul; :1-8
On June 26, 2007, a 34-year-old male journeyman lineman was killed when a Go-Tract Model GT300 he was directing onto a trailer struck him. After replacing the cross-arms and three insulators on an energized 46kV line, the 4-person crew, all of whom were journeyman lineman, were loading the Go-Tract onto the trailer. Coworker #1, the lineman in charge, was operating the Go-Tract. Coworkers #2 and #3 were standing on the ground directing the operator. The decedent was standing on the trailer directing Coworker #1. Coworker #1 was attempting to "inch" the Go-Tract forward for a second time by using the clutch pedal so it could be secured by chains located at the front of the trailer. The decedent may have tripped and fell onto the tongue of the trailer. The Go-Tract did not stop when the operator engaged the clutch and continued forward, striking the decedent and coming to rest against the rear of a utility truck. A coworker activated the firm's emergency system, and emergency response was called. The decedent was declared dead at the scene. Recommendations: 1. Employers should conduct a job safety analysis and develop safe work procedures based upon hazards found. 2. Employers should review older equipment safety features to determine if safety upgrades could be installed. 3. Employers should determine if an hours-of-service maintenance schedule can be established that would include the complete teardown of the power unit to detect hidden wear. 4. Employers should develop a communication plan that identifies specific locations so emergency responders can receive correct directions to a site. 5. Employers should ensure that a responsible person such as a supervisor/manager periodically monitors workers who are assigned to remote locations. 6. Employers should periodically review the health and safety materials in their training library to determine if the materials reflect "best practices" and compliance with company policies and regulatory requirements.
Region-5; Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-practices; Safety-measures; Traumatic-injuries; Work-practices; Equipment-operators; Electrical-industry; Electrical-workers
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-07MI073; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008466
Priority Area
Wholesale and Retail Trade; Services
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Performing Organization
Michigan State University
Page last reviewed: December 17, 2021
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division