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Accident: 1004779 - Burn - Electrical Fault On Railway Circuit

Accident: 1004779 -- Report ID: 0253650 -- Event Date: 05/17/1989
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10482098005/17/19894011Track Gangs 610, 611 Track & Structures Nycta
A CREW OF 12 EMPLOYEES WAS WORKING IN PAIRS TO REMOVE A 29-FOOT "SPERRY" RAIL THAT RAN WITH AN ENERGIZED 700-VOLT THIRD RAIL. THE SPERRY RAIL WAS REMOVED BUT A TRAIN WAS COMING TOWARD THE TRACK. THE OLD RAIL WAS THEN REINSTALLED AND TIED DOWN, AND THE TRAIN WAS ALLOWED TO PASS. ON THE SECOND ATTEMPT TO REMOVE THE SPERRY RAIL, IT WAS FOUND TO BE WEDGED IN PLACE, AND IT HAD TO BE PRIED LOOSE. THE ENERGIZED THIRD RAIL WAS COVERED WITH RUBBER MATS. WHEN THE EMPLOYEES PRIED LOOSE THE SPERRY RAIL, IT POPPED UP AND STRUCK THE MAT COVERING THE ENERGIZED RAIL. AN ELECTRICAL EXPLOSION AND FLASH FIRE RESULTED. TWO EMPLOYEES (#1 AND #2) WERE HOSPITALIZED WITH THIRD DEGREE BURNS COVERING 35 PERCENT OF THEIR BODIES. A THIRD EMPLOYEE (#3) WAS HOSPITALIZED WITH THIRD DEGREE BURNS OVER FIVE PERCENT OF HIS BODY. THE REMAINING INJURED EMPLOYEES WERE TREATED AND RELEASED. THEIR INJURIES INCLUDED BRUISES, SPRAINED WRISTS AND LEG, SCRAPS, CUTS, AND BURNS.
Keywords: burn, clothing, electric arc, metal rail, railway circuit, e gi iv, electrical, fire, electrical fault, sprain
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 104820980 Non Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Supervisors; handlers,equip-cleaners,laborers nec
2 104820980 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Supervisors; handlers,equip-cleaners,laborers nec
3 104820980 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Supervisors; handlers,equip-cleaners,laborers nec
4 104820980 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Supervisors; handlers,equip-cleaners,laborers nec
5 104820980 Non Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Supervisors; handlers,equip-cleaners,laborers nec
6 104820980 Non Hospitalized injury Strain/Sprain Supervisors; handlers,equip-cleaners,laborers nec
7 104820980 Non Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Supervisors; handlers,equip-cleaners,laborers nec
8 104820980 Non Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Supervisors; handlers,equip-cleaners,laborers nec
9 104820980 Non Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Supervisors; handlers,equip-cleaners,laborers nec
10 104820980 Non Hospitalized injury Strain/Sprain Supervisors; handlers,equip-cleaners,laborers nec
11 104820980 Non Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Supervisors; handlers,equip-cleaners,laborers nec
12 104820980 Non Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Supervisors; handlers,equip-cleaners,laborers nec

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