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Accident: 14379275 - Electric Shock & Burn - Electric Arc From Working Too Close

Accident: 14379275 -- Report ID: 0524500 -- Event Date: 04/21/1988
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10013559904/21/19881721Ron Beavers Painting Inc.
TWO EMPLOYEES WERE WORKING FROM A SCISSOR LIFT, PAINTING EQUIPMENT IN THE SUBSTATION OF AN ELECTRIC POWER GENERATION PLANT. A PORTION OF THE SUBSTATION HAD BEEN DEENERGIZED, AND THE ENERGIZED PORTION HAD BEEN ROPED OFF. THE EMPLOYEES HAD BEEN INSTRUCTED TO WORK OUTSIDE THE ROPED-OFF AREA AND TO STAY 5 TO 10 FEET AWAY FROM THE ENERGIZED BUSBARS WITHIN THE STATION. WHILE THE EMPLOYEES WERE WORKING, THE OPERATOR OF THE LIFT MANEUVERED IT INTO THE ROPED-OFF, ENERGIZED AREA. WHEN HE DID THIS, THE OTHER EMPLOYEE IN THE LIFT WAS TOO CLOSE TO AN ENERGIZED BUS, AND IT ARCED OVER TO THE HIM. THE INJURED EMPLOYEE RECEIVED FOURTH DEGREE BURNS ON BOTH HIS ARMS, WHICH WERE AMPUTATED AS A RESULT OF THE INJURY.
Keywords: burn, clothing, e gi iii, electrical, busbar, substation, elec utility work, electric shock, untrained, aerial lift
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 100135599 Hospitalized injury Amputation Painters, construction and maintenance

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