|Industry: Grape vineyard nursery||
Release Date: June 7, 2011
|Task: Moving irrigation pipes||Incident Date: August 6, 2009|
|Occupation: Nursery laborer||Case No.: 09WA03601|
|Type of Incident: Electrocution||SHARP Report No.: 71-101-2011|
On August 6, 2009, a nursery laborer was electrocuted when an irrigation pipe he was holding contacted an overhead power line. The 27-year-old victim was employed as a laborer at a vineyard nursery. The victim was moving sections of aluminum irrigation pipes in order to set up irrigation lines at a young vineyard; a task he had been performing for the last three months. The victim noticed that a section of aluminum pipe measuring 4 inches in diameter by 24.5 feet long was clogged with dirt. The employer had trained this and other employees to unclog dirt from irrigation pipe sections by connecting the pipe to the water main and using water pressure to blow out the dirt. He then picked up the pipe and started to knock the dirt loose inside the pipe by hitting it on the ground. The pipe contacted a 7200 volt overhead power line that was 19 feet above the ground, causing the victim to be electrocuted.
State Wide Statistics: This was number 33 out of 65 work-related fatalities in Washington State during 2009, and was number 5 out of 8 agriculture-related fatalities.
*This bulletin was developed to alert employers and employees of a tragic loss of life of a worker in Washington State and is based on preliminary data ONLY and does not represent final determinations regarding the nature of the incident or conclusions regarding the cause of the fatality.
Developed by Washington State Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) and the Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH), WA State Department of Labor & Industries. The FACE Program is supported in part by a grant from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). For more information, contact the Safety and Health Assessment and Research for Prevention (SHARP) Program, 1-888-667-4277.
Publication #: 09WA03601| June 7, 2011
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