Truck Mast Touches Power Lines (Sample 3)

by Apr 22, 2021KV Share Public

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What Happened?

At 1:45 p.m. on June 10, 2019, Employee #1, employed by a company that drills and services wells was working at a residential job site and preparing to service the water well. He was raising the mast of the truck when the mast came into contact with overhead power lines. Employee #1 was electrocuted. He fell into the open pit containing the well. As he fell, he dislodged a pipe, causing the hole to fill with water. He later died at the hospital.

Contributing Factors

There were no contributing factors.

What Can We Learn?

Traps

It’s possible that the employee was Overconfident as he has done this work many times before with no harm.

The employee could have been Distracted by the other crew members and by thinking ahead which could have led to a failure in confirming the safe location of the truck.

Tools

The employee could have used a Peer Check to prevent the unplanned error by confirming with his peer that the truck was in a safe location.

The employee could have used a Self-Check (Stop, Think, Act, Review) to ensure his truck was in a safe location to raise the mast.

Ask the Right Questions

How does this relate to our work?

Where do we have similar traps?

What Tools can we use to avoid a similar incident?

Was a stop work point missed?

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