High wire hazard

The boom of the excavator was so high it snagged a four-wire utility line carrying power, cable TV, telephone and a neutral wire. The tension on the wires caused by the moving excavator broke the utility pole 70 feet away, bringing all the wires crashing down.

 

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Shocking situations: Working around electricity is serious business

The accident: Two heavy equipment mechanics were using a service truck with a crane to repair a scraper. The crane’s boom came in contact with a 12,000-volt overhead power line. The mechanics were electrocuted, set on fire and died.

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Drill safe: Preparation is the key to safe horizontal directional drilling

The accident: Crews started working on a gas station renovation in an older residential section of a small town. The plans called for a new water run-off drainage line to be installed from the existing structure to a nearby sewer, but there were no existing prints of the service station’s original utility lines.

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Shock-proof yourself: Know the dangers of working around electricity

The accident: A crew was setting anchors in preparation for utility pole placement, using a boom truck with auger. Each anchor was attached to the auger using a coupling, which then used the auger motor to rotate the anchor and screw it into the ground. An anchor began to wobble during the setting process…

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Powered for safety: Use caution when using the tools of the trade

The accident: One man in a five-man crew was using a jackhammer, which was connected to an extension cord. The jackhammer’s worn extension cord came into contact with standing rainwater, and the man, who was not wearing company-issued rubber boots, was electrocuted.

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Electrical problems: Recognize, evaluate and control hazards to stay safe

The accident: A four-man crew was adding space to an existing building by erecting a brick wall. The workers had set up scaffolding, and were pouring grout and inserting rerod into the bricks.

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Prepare not to be shocked: Use common sense when working around electrical hazards

The accident: A crew was working on a landfill gas processing facility installation. While moving a load with a crane, the crane operator touched the boom tip of the crane to an overhead power line with a carrying capacity of more than 12,000 volts.

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