Probabilistic method to assess insulating link performance for protection of crane workers

George G. Karady, Minesh Shah, D. Dumora

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Contact between cranes and transmission lines is the most frequent cause of accidents, which may lead to electrocution of an operator or rigger. This accident can be prevented by inserting an insulating link in the crane's cable. This paper analyzes currents during accidents and proposes a modified test method for contaminated insulating links. A new and better insulating link is also introduced. Flashover probability of contaminated insulator links is measured. The test results are evaluated with a new probabilistic method which leads to better assessment of link efficiency. The paper concludes that the risk of link failure cannot be determined without the new flashover probability measurement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)384-390
Number of pages7
JournalIEEE Transactions on Power Delivery
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1996


  • Composite insulators
  • Crane
  • Electrical accident
  • Pollution flashover
  • Risk analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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