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Accident: 14496939 - Burn - Electrical Fault In Vault

Accident: 14496939 -- Report ID: 0627100 -- Event Date: 09/26/1989
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10657370209/27/19894911Arkansas Power & Light Co.
TWO ELECTRIC UTILITY EMPLOYEES WERE MOVING A FUSE HOLDER FROM AN OLD UNDERGROUND VAULT TO A NEW ABOVE GROUND VAULT. THE EMPLOYEES HAD CHECKED THE POWER LINE TO THE FUSE HOLDER AND FOUND IT TO BE DEENERGIZED. ONE OF THE EMPLOYEES CUT THE POWER LINE; AND, WHEN HE DID, A FLASH FIRE RESULTED. BOTH EMPLOYEES WERE BURNED. THE EMPLOYEE WHO HAD NOT CUT THE LINE HAD BEEN INSIDE THE VAULT. HE DIED OF HIS INJURIES DESPITE THE APPLICATION OF CARDIO-PULMONARY RESUSCITATION BY HIS COWORKER. THE COWORKER WAS HOSPITALIZED FOR HIS INJURIES.
Keywords: burn, clothing, electrical vault, electrical, cpr, power line worker, e ptd, undrgrd installation, elec utility work, electrical fault
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 106573702 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Electrical power installers and repairers
2 106573702 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Electrical power installers and repairers

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