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Accident: 126228.015 - Employee Is Electrocuted While Cleaning Wires

Accident: 126228.015 -- Report ID: 0524700 -- Event Date: 05/17/2020
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1475467.01505/18/2020Centrex Plastics, Llc
At 1:25 a.m. on May 17, 2020, Employee #1, a 43-year-old employee, was working as a maintenance technician for a manufacturer of plastics products. He was cleaning or repairing electrical wires on a Toshiba model number IS650FA3-59A plastic injection molding press, with serial number 41705. It was plastic injection molding press number 51 at the facility. During the course of the machine's operation, plastic would "blow back" toward the heating elements. The wires would have to be cleaned of the plastic. After the cleanup and repairs had been completed, the employee called the process technician to come in and start the press. When the process technician arrived at press number 51, the employee was found unresponsive on the ground on the backside of the press. The employee did not have any obvious signs of an injury. He was pronounced dead by medical personnel. During the investigation, the company's maintenance manager "noticed broken wire on the back side of the press; one end of the wire was freshly taped, and another end of that wire was not insulated." That wire was for one of the heaters on press number 51. The heaters operated using 480-volt, three-phase power. According to the autopsy report, the employee had "electrical burn injuries on left thumb and index finger," and the cause of death was electrocution.
Keywords: press, cleaning, electric shock, electrician, lockout/tagout, lockout, molding machine, maintenance, inadequate maint, electrocuted, electrical work, elec insulation, injection
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1475467.015 43 Fatality Electric Shock Machinery maintenance occupations

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