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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 ai r conditioning ductwork in the attic of a residential home. There were exposed w iring 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 HVA C air handling unit. Employee #1 was electrocuted, calling out for help. The cow orker exited the attic to get help, which the main breaker was disconnected. How ever, it was too late, Employee #1 did not survive.
Keywords: air conditioner, breaker plate, duct, electrical, electrical work, electrocuted, lockout, struck against, voltage backfeed
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 Heating, air conditioning, and refrig. mechanics FallDist:
Cause: Installing equipment (HVAC and other)

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