6 December 2006
Including change 1, 7 December 2006
equipment manufacturer's recommendations or by commercially available off-the-shelf
(COTS) training programs.
Rescue procedures should address at a minimum:
14-4.2.1 Summoning help. Call or assign someone to call the local emergency
medical service (EMS) or fire department.
184.108.40.206 Rescuer on the ground evaluating the site to ensure safe approach.
14-4.2.3 The use of lower controls to lower the bucket to safety, avoiding obstacles.
14-4.2.4 If aerial lifts are not equipped with lower controls, the use and positioning of
additional rescue (bucket trucks) vehicles.
14-4.2.5 While some aerial devices have baskets or buckets that are constructed to tilt
after being released, additional safety measures may need to be taken to ensure for the
safe extrication of the injured employee(s).
14-4.2.6 For aerial devices without tilting baskets/buckets, appropriate rigging may be
necessary to aid in the extrication of the employee.
14-4.2.7 Upon lowering victim to the ground safely, assess condition of employee and
immediately begin CPR and first aid as necessary.
ELECTRICAL SHOCK. Electric shock is an ever-present hazard for
electrical workers. An alternating current of a few tenths of an ampere can be fatal if it
passes through vital organs. The average current at which muscle control is lost and
release from an electrified object is not possible is only about 10 to 16 milliamperes.
Workers must understand possible electric shock effects, the necessity to quickly free
victims, and also be properly trained to provide resuscitation and rescue.
. Electricity acting
human body can result
in the following
14-5.1.1 Burns. Electric current passing through the body or the actions of electric
arcs contacting the body can cause surface and interior burns.
14-5.1.2 Cessation of Respiration and Heartbeat. An electric shock might paralyze
the area of the brain controlling respiration (asphyxia). The natural rhythms of the heart
may be disturbed with ceasing of circulation and disappearance of the pulse (ventricular
fibrillation). Muscle spasm action on the muscles of respiration can interfere with
breathing. An automatic external defibrillator (AED) should be available at the work site
whenever there is the possibility of a severe electrical shock.