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.
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.
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