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Accident: 14369573 - Burn - Electrical Fault In Test Equipment

Accident: 14369573 -- Report ID: 0522300 -- Event Date: 05/12/1996
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30010032806/03/19963354Excel Extrusions, Inc.
A maintenance supervisor was making a voltage measurement on the primary side of a 1000-kilovolt-ampere transformer that was located on a catwalk above the main floor of an aluminum plant. He was using a Fluke Model OM 383-3 multimeter rated at 750 volts, ac, maximum. He apparently had the negative lead grounded and put the positive lead on a 4160-volt lug. The meter failed, and the ensuing electric arc ignited the employee's clothing. He sustained second- and third-degree burns over 35 percent of his body. He died 3 weeks later from an infection caused by the burns.
Keywords: burn, clothing, e gi v, electric arc, electrical, electrical work, lockout, test equipment, electrical fault, transformer
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 300100328 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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