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Accident: 14308027 - Electric Shock - Contact With Energized Parts Thru Bracelet

Accident: 14308027 -- Report ID: 0214200 -- Event Date: 03/30/1989
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10051386004/04/19891731James Kohl & Son Inc.
AN ELECTRICIAN WAS INSTALLING ELECTRIC EXIT SIGNS AND EMERGENCY LIGHTING AT EXIT DOORS FOR A CHURCH. HE WAS WORKING IN A CRAWL SPACE WITH A 3-FOOT-BY-3-FOOT OPENING IN A PANELBOARD. THE CRAWL SPACE WAS 7 FEET LONG, 4 FEET HIGH, AND 3 FEET DEEP. HE WAS SITTING ON TWO HORIZONTAL METAL PIPES AND HAD HIS UPPER BODY EXPOSED TO A VERTICAL METAL PIPE. THE EMPLOYEE WAS WEARING A GOLD COBRA LINK BRACELET ON HIS RIGHT WRIST. HE WAS SPLICING 120-VOLT WIRING THAT HAD NOT BEEN DEENERGIZED. AS HE WAS WORKING, HIS BRACELET HOOKED A WIRE NUT CAPPING TWO CONDUCTORS. THE BRACELET CONTACTED THE CONDUCTORS AND BECAME WELDED TO THEM. THE EMPLOYEE RECEIVED AN ELECTRIC SHOCK AND WAS NOT RELEASED FROM THE CIRCUIT FOR AT LEAST 20 MINUTES, UNTIL THE CIRCUIT WAS DEENERGIZED. (THE EMPLOYEE WAS ALSO WEARING A GOLD NECKLACE, WHICH APPARENTLY WAS ALSO INVOLVED IN THE ELECTRICAL CONTACT SINCE THE EMPLOYEE RECEIVED BURNS TO HIS NECK.) THE EMPLOYEE DIED ABOUT 90 MINUTES LATER AT A LOCAL HOSPITAL.
Keywords: e gi iv, electrical, electrician, electrocuted, panelboard, electrical work, conductive apparel, lockout
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 100513860 Fatality Electric Shock Electricians

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