Two Power Lines Down (KV5)


What Happened?

1st Incident: A supervisor told a general worker to move a pole truck out of the way. The worker complied, but failed to check the height of the poles on the truck. While driving, the extended pole made contact with an overhead ground wire causing it to break and fall to the ground.

2nd Incident: After a lengthy (2.5 hour) safety stand down, a loaded truck was leaving the location and was rounding a right hand curve on the site road. The truck driver pulled over on the shoulder to avoid another company truck parked on the side. Driving on the steep shoulder caused the load to lean and made contact with a power pole. This caused the pole to break and fall across the road. The incident occurred 75 yards past the first incident.

Contributing Factors

1st Incident:

•Not getting a certified driver (required by policy)

•No walk around of truck or checking the load height

2nd Incident:

•Not moving the parked truck out of the way

•Not using spotter while working in congested area

What Can We Learn?


Using a Questioning Attitude to assess the situation and determining the worst thing that could happen helps prevent errors.


In both incidents the Physical Environment was not properly evaluated.

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?