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Accident: 108649.015 - Employee Receives First And Second Degree Burns After Arc Fl

Accident: 108649.015 -- Report ID: 0522500 -- Event Date: 08/23/2018
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1342216.01508/28/2018Frontier Electric, Inc.
At 10:00 a.m. on August 23, 2018, Employee #1 was pulling a bolt from a 480-volt meter socket to open up the meter enclosure cover, to verify the load wires wer e deenergized. Employee #1 then began loosening the terminal bolts for the load wires and upon attempting to remove the neutral wire, an arc flash/blast occurr ed in the meter enclosure. The meter was not deenergized and no electrical prote ctive equipment was in use. As a result, the incident energy from the electri cal arc flash caused Employee #1's burn injuries. Afterwards, Employee #1 was t hen transported by Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and hospitalized. Employee # 1 suffered first and second degree burns on the left side of his body and also s ustained second degree burns to the arm, neck, and face. First degree burns wer e also present on his left chest and abdomen.
Keywords: abdomen, arm, bolt, burn, chest, cover, electric arc, electric meter, electric shock, electric current, electrical, electrical testing, electrical work, emergency response, energized, face, load line, neck, nose, ppe, wi
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building Alteration or rehabilitation   1 0
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 1342216.015 37 M Hospitalized injury Electricians FallDist:
Cause: Demolition

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