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Lineman electrocuted when he contacted 7,200-volt power line.

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 08MI037, 2009 Jul; :1-9
On June 2, 2008, a 47-year-old male journeyman lineman/foreman was electrocuted during the installation of a new 15 KV switch for a single phase, 7,200-volt overhead power line suspended from a wood pole. The decedent was working from an insulated aerial bucket. He had not de-energized the can arrestor fastened to the side of the transformer. He had removed his lineman's gloves prior to removing the first lower bolt of the arrestor. His coworkers believe the can arrestor tipped and the decedent attempted to catch it with his right hand. The current passed through his right hand, across his chest and exited his left hand, which was in contact with a second energized conductor. The decedent yelled to his ground man to lower the bucket. When the bucket was lowered, the decedent was still breathing, but unconscious. The ground man yelled to a two-person journeyman line crew working approximately 200 yards away to come over to help lift the decedent from the bucket. After taking the decedent out of the bucket, the crew began CPR while the ground man called his supervisor for assistance. The supervisor called for emergency response. Arriving six minutes later, the emergency response personnel took over medical care, and then transported him to a local hospital where he was declared dead. Recommendations: 1.) Employers should ensure that linemen follow established safe work procedures to de-energize, ground, and verify the work area is de-energized through testing prior to beginning maintenance and repair operations on power lines. 2.) Employers should ensure that linemen use all appropriate protective equipment, including insulated tools, before attempting any work on power lines with energized circuits. 3.) Employers should conduct both scheduled and unscheduled jobsite safety inspections on a regular basis. 4.) Employers should develop checklists of proper safety procedures and equipment for each job, which could be used to reinforce safe work practices. 5.) Employers should ensure communication devices are operational in all work locations or have alternate methods of communication developed.
Region-5; Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Electrical-conductivity; Electrical-hazards; Electrical-industry; Electrical-safety; Electrical-workers; Electrocutions; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Occupational-accidents; Occupational-hazards; Occupational-safety-programs; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-measures; Safety-monitoring; Safety-practices; Safety-programs; Training; Traumatic-injuries; Work-operations; Work-practices; Author Keywords: Electrocution; Lineman; Overhead Power Line
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-08MI037; 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
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division