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ACCIDENT SUMMARY No. 11
Accident Type: Electrocution
Weather Conditions: Wet Ground
Type of Operation: Remodeling
Size of Work Crew: 2
Collective Bargaining No
Competent Safety Monitor on Site: Yes
Safety and Health Program in Effect: No
Was the Worksite Inspected Regularly: Yes
Training and Education Provided: No
Employee Job Title: Carpenter
Age & Sex: 33-Male
Experience at this Type of Work: 30 Days
Time on Project: 3 Days
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF ACCIDENT
Two employees were installing aluminum siding on a farmhouse when it became necessary to remove a 36-
foot high metal pole CB antenna. One employee stood on a metal pick board between two ladders and
unfastened the antenna at the top of the house. The other employee, who was standing on the ground, took
the antenna to lay it down in the yard. The antenna made electrical contact with a 7200-volt power
transmission tine 30 feet 10 inches from the house and 23 feet 9 inches above the ground. The employee
handling the antenna received a fatal shock and the other employee a minor shock.
INSPECTION RESULTS
Following its investigation, OSHA issued one citation for two alleged serious violations of its construction
standards. Had these standards been adhered to, the fatality might have been prevented.
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NOTE: The Fatal Facts were selected as being representative of fatalities caused by improper work practices. No special emphasis or
priority is implied nor is the case necessarily a recent occurrence. The legal aspects of the incident have been resolved, and the case is
now closed. Current as of: 11/01/2001.
ACCIDENT SUMMARY No. 17
Accident Type: Electrocution
Weather Conditions: Sunny, Clear
Type of Operation: Steel Erection
Size of Work Crew: 3
Collective Bargaining No
Competent Safety Monitor on Site: Yes – Victim
Safety and Health Program in Effect: No
Was the Worksite Inspected Regularly: Yes
Training and Education Provided: No
Employee Job Title: Steel Erector Foreman
Age & Sex: 43-Male
Experience at this Type of Work: 4 months
Time on Project: 4 Hours
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF ACCIDENT
Employees were moving a steel canopy structure using a “boom crane” truck. The boom cable made contact
with a 7200 volt electrical power distribution line electrocuting the operator of the crane; he was the foreman
at the site.
INSPECTION RESULTS
As a result of its investigation. OSHA issued citations for four serious violations of its construction standards
dealing with training, protective equipment, and working too close to power lines. OSHA’s construction safety
standards include several requirements which, If they had been followed here. might have prevented this
fatality.
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NOTE: The Fatal Facts were selected as being representative of fatalities caused by improper work practices. No special emphasis or
priority is implied nor is the case necessarily a recent occurrence. The legal aspects of the incident have been resolved, and the case is
now closed. Current as of: 11/01/2001.
ACCIDENT SUMMARY No. 28
Accident Type: Electrocution
Weather Conditions: Clear
Type of Operation: Power Line Work
Size of Work Crew: 2
Collective Bargaining Yes
Competent Safety Monitor on Site: Yes
Safety and Health Program in Effect: No
Was the Worksite Inspected Regularly: No
Training and Education Provided: No
Employee Job Title: Lineman
Age & Sex: 44-Male
Experience at this Type of Work: 11 Months
Time on Project: 6 Weeks
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF ACCIDENT
A lineman was electrocuted while working on grounded de-energized lines. He was working from a defective
basket on an articulated boom aerial lift when the basket contacted energized lines which ran beneath the
de-energized lines. The defective basket permitted current to pass through a drain hole cut into the body of
the basket, then through the employee, and to ground via the de-energized line.
INSPECTION RESULTS
OSHA cited the company for two serious violations and one other than serious violation of its construction
standards. Had barriers been erected to prevent contact with adjacent energized lines, the electrical shock
might have been prevented.
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NOTE: The Fatal Facts were selected as being representative of fatalities caused by improper work practices. No special emphasis or
priority is implied nor is the case necessarily a recent occurrence. The legal aspects of the incident have been resolved, and the case is
now closed. Current as of: 11/01/2001.
ACCIDENT SUMMARY No. 30
Accident Type: Electrocution
Weather Conditions: Raining
Type of Operation: Electrical Contractor
Size of Work Crew: 2
Collective Bargaining No
Competent Safety Monitor on Site: Yes
Safety and Health Program in Effect: Inadequate
Was the Worksite Inspected Regularly: Yes
Training and Education Provided: No
Employee Job Title: Journeyman Electrician
Age & Sex: 39-Male
Experience at this Type of Work: 16 Years
Time on Project: 1 Day
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF ACCIDENT
An electrician was removing metal fish tape from a hole at the base of a metal light pole. The fish tape
became energized, electrocuting him.
INSPECTION RESULTS
As a result of its inspection, OSHA issued a citation for three serious violations of the agency’s construction
standards. Had requirements for de-energizing energy sources been followed, the electrocution might have
been prevented.
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NOTE: The Fatal Facts were selected as being representative of fatalities caused by improper work practices. No special emphasis or
priority is implied nor is the case necessarily a recent occurrence. The legal aspects of the incident have been resolved, and the case is
now closed. Current as of: 11/01/2001.
ACCIDENT SUMMARY No. 40
Accident Type: Electrocution
Weather Conditions: Sunny/Clear
Type of Operation: Fence Construction
Size of Work Crew: 5
Collective Bargaining No
Competent Safety Monitor on Site: No
Safety and Health Program in Effect: Yes
Was the Worksite Inspected Regularly: No
Training and Education Provided: No
Employee Job Title: Laborer
Age & Sex: 25-Male
Experience at this Type of Work: 3 Months
Time on Project: 1 Day
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF ACCIDENT
Five employees were constructing a chain link fence in front of a house and directly below a 7200-volt
energized power line. They were installing 21-foot sections of metal top rail on the fence. One employee
picked up a 21-foot section of top rail and held it up vertically. The top rail contacted the 7200-volt line, and
the employee was electrocuted.
INSPECTION RESULTS
Following its inspection, OSHA determined that the employee who was killed had never received any safety
training from his employer nor any specific instruction in avoiding the hazards posed by overhead power
lines. The agency issued two serious citations for the training deficiencies.
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NOTE: The Fatal Facts were selected as being representative of fatalities caused by improper work practices. No special emphasis or
priority is implied nor is the case necessarily a recent occurrence. The legal aspects of the incident have been resolved, and the case is
now closed. Current as of: 11/01/2001.
ACCIDENT SUMMARY No. 49
Accident Type: Electrical Shock
Weather Conditions: Clear/Hot
Type of Operation: Masonry Contractor
Size of Work Crew: 6
Collective Bargaining No
Competent Safety Monitor on Site: No
Safety and Health Program in Effect: Inadequate
Was the Worksite Inspected Regularly: Yes
Training and Education Provided: No
Employee Job Title: Cement Finisher
Age & Sex: 34-Male
Experience at this Type of Work: 10 Years
Time on Project: 1 Day
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF ACCIDENT
Two employees were spreading concrete as it was being delivered by 1 concrete pumper truck boom. The
truck was parked across the street from the worksite. Overhead power lines ran perpendicular to the boom
on the pumper truck. One employee was moving the hose (elephant trunk) to pour the concrete when the
boom of the pumper truck came in contact with the overhead rover line carrying 7,620 volts. Employee
received a fatal electric shock and fell on the other employee who was assisting him. The second employee
received massive electrical shock and burns. * Safety training requirement was not being carried out at time
of accident.
INSPECTION RESULTS
OSHA cited the employer for not instructing each employee to recognize and avoid unsafe conditions which
apply to the work and work areas. Employer was also cited for operating equipment within ten feet of an
energized electrical, ungrounded transmission lines rated 50 kV or less and not erecting insulating barriers.
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NOTE: The Fatal Facts were selected as being representative of fatalities caused by improper work practices. No special emphasis or
priority is implied nor is the case necessarily a recent occurrence. The legal aspects of the incident have been resolved, and the case is
now closed. Current as of: 11/01/2001.
ACCIDENT SUMMARY No. 57
Accident Type: Electrocution
Weather Conditions: Clear/Hot/Humid
Type of Operation: Window Shutter Installers
Size of Work Crew: 2
Collective Bargaining N/A
Competent Safety Monitor on Site: No
Safety and Health Program in Effect: Partial
Was the Worksite Inspected Regularly: No
Training and Education Provided: Some
Employee Job Title: Helper
Age & Sex: 17-Male
Experience at this Type of Work: One Month
Time on Project: One Month
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF ACCIDENT
One employee was climbing a metal ladder to hand an electric drill to the journeyman installer on a scaffold
about five feet above him. When the victim reached the third rung from the bottom of the ladder he received
an electric shock that killed him. The investigation revealed that the extension cord had a missing grounding
prong and that a conductor on the green grounding wire was making intermittent contact with the energizing
black wire thereby energizing the entire length of the grounding wire and the drill’s frame. The drill was not
double insulated.
INSPECTION RESULTS
As a result of its investigation, OSHA issued citations for violations of construction standards.
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NOTE: The Fatal Facts were selected as being representative of fatalities caused by improper work practices. No special emphasis or
priority is implied nor is the case necessarily a recent occurrence. The legal aspects of the incident have been resolved, and the case is
now closed. Current as of: 11/01/2001.
ACCIDENT SUMMARY No. 60
Accident Type: Electrocution
Weather Conditions: Indoor Work
Type of Operation:
Installing and
Trouble-shooting
overhead lamps
Size of Work Crew: 15
Competent Safety Monitor on Site: Yes
Safety and Health Program in Effect: Inadequate
Was the Worksite Inspected Regularly: Yes
Training and Education Provided: No
Employee Job Title: Electrician
Age & Sex: 53-Male
Experience at this Type of Work: Journeyman
Time on Project: 1 Month
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF ACCIDENT
The employee was attempting to correct an electrical problem involving two non-operational lamps. He
proceeded to the area where he thought the problem was. He had not shut off the power at the circuit
breaker panel nor had he tested the wires to see if they were live. He was electrocuted when he grabbed the
two live wires with his left hand and then fell from the ladder.
INSPECTION RESULTS
As a result of its investigation, OSHA Issued citations alleging three serious violations. OSHA’s construction
standards include several requirements which, if they had been followed here, might have prevented this
fatality.
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NOTE: The case here described was selected as being representative of fatalities caused by improper work practices. No special
emphasis or priority is implied nor is the case necessarily a recent occurrence. The legal aspects of the incident have been resolved,
and the case is now closed.

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