Electrical linemen can face many hazards in their line of work. Fall hazards and shock hazards are among the hazards such workers sometimes face. When an electrical lineman falls from a significant height or is shocked while working, the results can sometimes be fatal. Thus, fall and shock prevention is something that one would hope that all employers of electrical linemen would put a great deal of focus on and resources and energy towards.
Recently, a fall at a work site in Bourne killed two electrical linemen. On April 12, the two were at the end of the boom of a crane, performing work on a power line tower. The crane's boom was extended out around 140 feet. The crane then tipped, and the two workers fell into a hole. A fire official has said that the fall may have been as big as a 170-foot fall.