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Accident: 106214.015 - Employee Changing Fuses Is Burned In Arc Flash/Blast

Accident: 106214.015 -- Report ID: 0523300 -- Event Date: 06/04/2018
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1320636.01506/05/2018Westphal & Company, Inc.
At 9:00 p.m. on June 4, 2018, Employee #1, employed by an electrical services co mpany, was engaged in electrical work as part of a multiemployer project at a co mmercial job site. He had just changed two medium voltage fuses, 601 VAC to 13, 200 VAC, in a deenergized transformer/fuse drawer. An arc flash and explosion o ccurred in the main power drawer, 13,200 VAC, 1200 amps. Employee #1, who was s tanding next to the main power drawer on the fourth rung of a stepladder, was en gulfed in flames. Emergency services were called, and Employee #1 was transport ed to the hospital. He was admitted and treated for second and third degree bur ns to his arms. The investigation determined that the main power drawer also wa s deenergized. However, a 13.2 kilovolt busbar was energized.
Keywords: arm, burn, busbar, construction, electric arc, electric shock, electrical work, electrician, fire, fuse, ppe, stepladder, torso
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature
1 1320636.015 45 M Hospitalized injury

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