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Accident: 14418347 - Electric Shock - Ground Fault In Electric Rooter

Accident: 14418347 -- Report ID: 0728500 -- Event Date: 09/07/1989
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10092196410/11/19897699Roto-Rooter
AN EMPLOYEE OF A DRAIN CLEANING FIRM WAS USING A ROTO-ROOTER TO UNCLOG A DRAIN. HIS BODY WAS DISCOVERED LATER--HE HAD APPARENTLY DIED OF SUFFOCATION FROM VOMIT SETTLING IN HIS LUNGS. HOWEVER, ANOTHER FACTOR WAS INVOLVED. THE ROTO-ROOTER HE WAS USING WAS TESTED BY AN ELECTRICAL TESTING FIRM. THE POWER SUPPLY CORD FOR THE ROOTER WAS OF THE TWO-CONDUCTOR TYPE, WITHOUT AN EQUIPMENT GROUNDING CONDUCTOR. THE ROOTER WAS FOUND TO HAVE A BARE WIRE TOUCHING A POINT NEAR ITS MOTOR, ENERGIZING THE FRAME OF THE ROOTER. THE CORONER DETERMINED THE CAUSE OF DEATH TO BE SUFFOCATION INDUCED BY ELECTRIC SHOCK.
Keywords: e gi v, electrical, suffocated, ground fault, equipment grounding, electric shock, elec equipment--misc, vomit
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 100921964 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported

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