On August 8, at 10:45 am, a Wire Crew was working from a bucket truck to remove a 230kV insulator from a lattice dead-end structure. As the crew began to lower the insulator, the rope used to secure it to a hand-line broke, causing the insulator to fall 50 feet onto the bucket truck below.
The rope which broke was an older 5/8’s inch synthetic line that had been looped through the eye of the insulator to hold it during disassembly. When the last bolt was removed, the 300 lb. insulator dropped due to the slack in the line, and it was determined that the sudden load shock caused the rope to fail.