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Accident: 1005206 - Burn - Electrical Fault On Railway Circuit

Accident: 1005206 -- Report ID: 0253650 -- Event Date: 05/23/1989
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10480319205/23/19894011Track Gangs #206, 207, Track & Structure Nycta
TWO EMPLOYEES WERE WORKING SIDE BY SIDE AS PART OF A TRACK GANG, REPLACING RAILS. THEY WERE WORKING ADJACENT TO AN ENERGIZED 700-VOLT THIRD RAIL THAT WAS PARTIALLY PROTECTED BY RUBBER MATS. ONE OF THE EMPLOYEES DROPPED HIS TONG, AND IT FELL AGAINST THE ENERGIZED THIRD RAIL. THIS CAUSED AN ELECTRICAL EXPLOSION AND FLASH FIRE. THE EMPLOYEE WHO DROPPED THE TONG WAS HOSPITALIZED WITH FIRST AND SECOND DEGREE BURNS TO HIS LEFT LEG AND THE LEFT SIDE OF HIS BODY. HIS COWORKER WAS TREATED FOR SECOND DEGREE BURNS TO HIS LEFT LEG AND RELEASED.
Keywords: burn, clothing, electric arc, railway circuit, e gi iv, electrical, fire, electrical fault, hand tool
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 104803192 Non Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Veterinarians
2 104803192 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Supervisors; handlers,equip-cleaners,laborers nec

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