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Accident: 14391379 - Electric Shock - Contact With Live Parts Thru Wrench

Accident: 14391379 -- Report ID: 0625700 -- Event Date: 02/05/1988
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10047397402/08/19881731Lake Charles Electric Co., Inc.
TWO EMPLOYEES WERE WORKING INSIDE A SUBSTATION AT A REFINERY. ONE OF THE EMPLOYEES WAS INSIDE A MOTOR STARTER CABINET, CONNECTING A MOTOR STARTER LEAD TO ITS CORRESPONDING BUSBAR. HE WAS TIGHTENING THE NUT FOR THIS CONNECTION WITH A RATCHET WRENCH. HE WAS USING A 9/16-INCH STEEL ALLOY END WRENCH TO HOLD THE BOLT ON THE BACK SIDE IN PLACE. THE EMPLOYEE WAS NOT USING ELECTRICAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT AT THE TIME. THE BACK-SIDE WRENCH ROTATED UP BENEATH A FIBERGLASS SHUTTER GUARD, WHICH GUARDED THE FRONT OF THREE 2400-VOLT LOAD-SIDE BUSBARS. THE EMPLOYEE, WHO WAS HOLDING THE WRENCH, WAS ELECTROCUTED WHEN THE WRENCH CONTACTED THE BUSBARS. THE OTHER EMPLOYEE, A FOREMAN WHO WORKED IN A BUDDY SYSTEM WITH THE FIRST EMPLOYEE, WAS HOSPITALIZED FOR OBSERVATION PURPOSES DUE TO HIS STATE OF MIND IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE ACCIDENT.
Keywords: e gi ii, elec protect equip, electrical, insulated tool, electrician, electrocuted, busbar, electrical work, lockout, hand tool
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 100473974 Fatality Electric Shock Electricians
2 100473974 Hospitalized injury Other Supervisors; electricians & power transm. install.

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