Fatal Accident Circumstances and Epidemiology (FACE) Report: Three Electrocuted on Farm in Georgia


A fatal accident circumstances and epidemiology (FACE) report on an accident involving an electrocution in Georgia was presented. The report was part of the NIOSH FACE project to collect data on electricity or confined workers, 21 and 41 year old males, and the owners, a 61 year old male, were moving a portable grain auger. They were positioned around the rear of the auger, pushing it. As the workmen pushed the auger forward, it contacted a 7,200 Volt power line located 25 feet above the ground. All three workers were electrocuted. The farm had no written safety policy. The sheriff requested that no investigation at the site be conducted for reasons that were not explained. The author recommends that a survey of the farm should be conducted that identifies hazards. These hazards should be discussed with all workmen. Necessary precautions should be stressed to all farm personnel. All equipment (augers) should be lowered to a safe transporting position before being moved from one location to another.


SOURCE: Morgantown, West Virginia: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Division of Safety Research; 1985. n.p.


This document was extracted from the CDC-NIOSH Epidemiology of Farm Related Injuries: Bibliography With Abstracts, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

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