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Accident: 100449.015 - Two Employees Testing Generator Is Burned In Arc Flash

Accident: 100449.015 -- Report ID: 0950635 -- Event Date: 05/08/2017
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1235349.01505/25/2017Duthie Power Services
At 3:45 a.m. on May 8, 2017, Employee #1 and Coworker #1, field technicians empl oyed by an electrical contractor, were working at a hotel. They were performing an annual maintenance check and load test on the hotel's emergency power genera tor. During the load test, while attempting to correct the line orientation, Em ployee #1, who was holding an electrical wire, made contact with the commercial line. An arc flash occurred. Both employees continued to work, but Employee #1 , when his hands began to bother him, left the work site and drove himself to th e hospital. He was treated for first degree burns on both hands and was release d the same day. Back at the work site, Employee #2 continued to work. As he at tempted to reseat strands of a transfer wire, a second arc flash occurred. The maintenance engineer at the site called for emergency services. Emergency respo nders transported Employee #2 to the hospital and then transferred him to a burn center. He was admitted and treated for second degree burns to his hands and w rists. Employee #2 remained hospitalized for 5 days.
Keywords: burn, construction, electric arc, electrical, electrical testing, electrician, hand, lockout/tagout, maintenance, wrist
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1235349.015 49 M Hospitalized injury Electricians

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