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Accident: 14387070 - Electrical Burns - Fault Due To Use Of Underrated Equipment

Accident: 14387070 -- Report ID: 0524200 -- Event Date: 10/23/1984
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
194891810/23/19844911Commonwealth Edison
A CREW LEADER WAS PERFORMING A VOLTAGE TEST AT AN ABOVE-GROUND SWITCHGEAR CABINET. HE CHOOSE A "WIGGY" VOLTAGE TESTER, WITH A RATED 600-VOLT CAPACITY, AND PLACED THE INSTRUMENT ACROSS CIRCUIT PARTS OPERATING AT 72 KILOVOLTS. THIS CAUSED A FLASH EXPLOSION. THE CREW LEADER AND THREE OTHER EMPLOYEES, WHO OBSERVED THE PROCEDURE, WERE HOSPITALIZED WITH FACIAL, CHEST, AND HEAD BURNS.
Keywords: burn, clothing, electric arc, electrical, test equipment, e ptd, elec utility work, electrical fault, switchgear
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1948918 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Electrical power installers and repairers
2 1948918 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Electrical power installers and repairers
3 1948918 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Electrical power installers and repairers
4 1948918 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Electrical power installers and repairers

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