Apprentice Lineman Falls (KV 208)


What Happened?

At 3:15 p.m. on April 17, 2017, Employee #1, an apprentice electrical lineman employed by a utility contractor, was working at the site of a newly installed utility pole. He was approximately 30 to 35 feet up the pole when he reached out to grab a riser that was to be installed on the pole. Employee #1 fell, a fall height of approximately 30 to 35 feet. Emergency services were called, and Employee #1 was transported to the hospital. He was admitted and treated for a head injury, a pelvic fracture, and a left wrist fracture.

Contributing Factors

No contributing factors.

What Can We Learn?


Time Pressure: The Apprentice Lineman may have felt urgency that pushed him to make poor decisions, take short-cuts, or not follow the rules.

Peer Pressure: The Apprentice Lineman could have made bad decisions as a result of being negatively influenced by the actions, words, or seniority of a coworker.


The Apprentice Lineman could have followed Procedures to ensure he was strapped in properly prior to ascent.

A Peer Check could have been performed before the Apprentice Lineman took action to confirm that the action was correct.

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?