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Out-of-state electrician electrocuted while restoring service at a personal residence.

University of Kentucky
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 08KY065, 2011 Sep; :1-5
On a late summer day in 2008, a 29 year-old male lineman (decedent) was electrocuted while restoring service to a residence. The lineman and three other (out-of-state) employees assisted a local Kentucky power company in restoring power due to outages because of a severe wind storm. The decedent was wearing insulated electrical gloves and sleeves. He was working in an elevated bucket on a live 110 V line when he came in contact with a live wire. A witness saw the decedent shake and slump down in the bucket. The crew brought the bucket to the ground and removed the decedent from the bucket and began to administer first aid. Emergency medical services were contacted. They arrived and transported the decedent to the nearest trauma hospital where he was pronounced dead. To prevent future occurrences of similar incidents, the following recommendations have been made: Recommendation No. 1: Power should be shut-off power at the breakers during service restoration. Recommendation No. 2: Personal protective equipment testing should be performed on a regular schedule. Recommendation No. 3: Insulated gloves and sleeves should be field tested prior to each use.
Region-4; Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Personal-protection; Personal-protective-equipment; Protective-equipment; Protective-measures; Safety-equipment; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Work-practices; Electric-power-transmission-lines; Electrical-hazards; Electrical-shock; Electrical-workers; Electricity; Safety-clothing; Traumatic-injuries; Electrocutions; Author Keywords: Automatic Braking System (ABS); Electronic Stability Control (ESC); Fire Safety program
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-08KY065; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008483
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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University of Kentucky
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division