U.S. Department of Labor
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Burns and Shocks: Case History 1
CASE HISTORY 1
A shipfitter was setting up his welding equipment. As he installed the whip to the feeder, one hand came in contact with the metal end or nozzle of the whip his other hand grasped the wire from the feeder.
This completed the 80-volt electrical circuit which allowed the 80 volts of electricity to run across his chest.
The employee sustained burns to his hands and was transported to the hospital for treatment.
Analysis and Preventive Measures
Never touch live electrical parts!
- Before setting up equipment be sure the power source is secured.
- Be sure switches are set to the proper position for the job you are going to do.
- Wear dry, leather insulating gloves in good condition to prevent "live" parts of welding equipment from touching bare skin or wet clothing.