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Accident: 105645.015 - Employee Is Electrocuted When Installing Hvac Ductwork.

Accident: 105645.015 -- Report ID: 0626600 -- Event Date: 05/12/2018
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1316664.01505/14/2018Hernan Benitez
At 12:45 p.m. on May 12. 2018, Employee #1 and a coworker were connecting new air conditioning ductwork in the attic of a residential home. There were exposed wiring and outlets close to the metal ductwork for the HVAC unit hookup. Employee #1 kneeled on a metal gas line and then placed his hand on the 110-120 volt HVAC air handling unit. Employee #1 was electrocuted, calling out for help. The coworker exited the attic to get help, which the main breaker was disconnected. However, it was too late, Employee #1 did not survive.
Keywords: air conditioner, duct, electrocuted, lockout, electrical work, electrical, struck against, voltage backfeed, breaker plate
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling Alteration or rehabilitation   1 15 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 1316664.015 51 M Fatality Electric Shock Heating, air conditioning, and refrig. mechanics FallDist:
FatCause: Electrocution from equipment installation/tool use

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