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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Inspection: 115459430 - Kaestner Electric Inc

Inspection Information - Office: Washington Region 6


Inspection Nr: 115459430
Report ID: 1055360
Open Date: 03/16/1995

Site Address:
Kaestner Electric Inc
Spokane International Airport
Spokane, WA 99219

Mailing Address:
7735 Aqua Circle Suite 1, Coeur D'Alene, ID 83814

Union Status: NonUnion



Inspection Type: Accident

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Safety

Close Conference: 04/13/1995


Close Case:08/03/1995

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 361233646
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 3 1 4
Current Violations 3 1 4
Initial Penalty $1,150 $0 $0 $0 $0 $1,150
Current Penalty $1,150 $0 $0 $0 $0 $1,150
FTA Penalty $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# Citation ID Citaton Type Standard Issuance Date Abatement Due Date Current Penalty Initial Penalty FTA Penalty Contest Latest Event Note
1. 01001 Serious 1550042801 B 05/10/1995 04/13/1995 $450 $450 $0 05/26/1995 Y - State Decision  
2. 01002 Serious 1550042903 05/10/1995 04/13/1995 $450 $450 $0 05/26/1995 Y - State Decision  
3. 01003 Serious 1550011003 G 05/10/1995 04/13/1995 $250 $250 $0 05/26/1995 Y - State Decision  
4. 02001 Other 1550011003 C 05/10/1995 06/12/1995 $0 $0 $0 05/26/1995 Y - State Decision  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 170251003
Event: 03/16/1995
Burn - Electrical Fault In Circuit Breaker

An electrician went into an electrical room to ground some conductors for the purpose of marking phase orientation. The conductors were deenergized by an open 350-ampere, three-phase circuit breaker. The electrician was using a small diameter bare copper conductor to ground one conductor at a time so that the foreman on the other end of the conductor could take an ohmmeter reading. The bare copper conductor contacted the energized busbar supplying the breaker, which was exposed for a length of about 150 millimeters (6 inches). The resulting electrical fault caused an electric arc, which burned the employee and ignited his clothing. The electrician sustained severe burns to his chest, back, arms, and hands. He died of his injuries.

Keywords:burn, clothing, e gi ii, elec protect equip, electric arc, electrical, electrician, electrical work, electrical fault

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 115459430 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Electricians
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