29-Year-Old Lineman Electrocuted (KV 194)

 

What Happened?

On June 26th, 2019 in India an assistant lineman was electrocuted when he was repairing wires at Manupur village. As per the brother of the deceased, the lineman returned home late after his duty. In the meantime, his officials called him again to clear some technical snag at Manupur village. When he reached the spot and started repairing, he came in contact with live wires resulting in serious injuries to him. He later died in the hospital. The deceased got married only three months ago.

Contributing Factors

There were no contributing factors known.

What Can We Learn?

Traps

The worker likely encountered Mental Stress/Fatigue by working a long day and then being called back to do more dangerous work.

The worker likely experienced Peer Pressure from his superior as sometimes bad decisions or unnecessary actions are taken if we are negatively influenced by the ability, words, or seniority of a coworker.

Tools

Could the worker have used a Questioning Attitude to consider the consequences of working while too tired and not in the right mindset?

Were the proper Procedures followed to ensure the crew was working with the right equipment and using the proper protocols?   

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?