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Accident Summary Nr: 904284 - Burn - Electrical Fault In Recloser

Accident Summary Nr: 904284 -- Report ID: 0551800 -- Event Date: 07/27/1990
Inspection NrDate OpenedSICNAICSEstablishment Name
10857536608/14/199049110Northern Indiana Public Service Co

Abstract: TWO EMPLOYEES WERE CHANGING A COUNTER IN A MCGRAW-EDISON TYPE R RECLOSER. THEY COMPLETED THE JOB AND CYCLED THE RECLOSER ONCE. WHEN THEY RECYCLED IT A SECOND TIME, IT ARCED AND EXPLODED. THE 40 GALLONS OF OIL CONTAINED WITHIN THE RECLOSER IGNITED AND WERE SPRAYED ON THE TWO EMPLOYEES. ONE OF THE EMPLOYEES WAS BURNED OVER 30 PERCENT OF HIS BODY. HE DIED 17 DAYS LATER (ON AUGUST 13, 1990) AT A HOSPITAL. THE OTHER EMPLOYEE WAS BURNED OVER 70 PERCENT OF HIS BODY.

Keywords: burn, clothing, electric arc, electrical, electric switch, power line worker, e ptd, elec utility work, electrical fault

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Nr Age Sex Degree Nature of Injury Occupation
1 108575366 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Electrical power installers and repairers
2 108575366 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Electrical power installers and repairers

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