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The Case of the Telecom Technician Electrocution

Cable company employee completing routine maintenance request is electrocuted after coming in contact with guy wire that was energized by a conductor at the top of the pole.

Employees of communications companies (who as a general rule are not high-voltage qualified) find themselves working in proximity to overhead power lines daily. They are trained to stay a safe and appropriate distance from the overhead power lines, and they use personal protective equipment (PPE) appropriate for the tasks of their employment. While most go home at the day’s end, I get to review the cases that end with unanticipated injury or death from accidental contact with high-voltage

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