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Worker was electrocuted while removing energized fish tape.

A n electrician was removing a metal fish tape from a hole at the base of a metal light pole. (A fish tape is used to pull wire through a conduit run.) The fish tape became energized, electro- cuting him. As a result of its inspection, OSHA issued a citation for three serious violations of the agency s construction standards.

If the following OSHA requirements had been followed, this death could have been prevented.

  • De-energize all circuits before beginning work.

  • Always lock out and tag out de-energized equipment.

  • Companies must train workers to recognize and avoid unsafe conditions

associated with their work.

Fish tape.

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