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Accident: 14497788 - Electrical Flash - Fault At Switchgear

Accident: 14497788 -- Report ID: 0626600 -- Event Date: 06/29/1984
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
161172207/11/19847629Gulf States Inc
AN EMPLOYEE WAS PERFORMING MONTHLY PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE ON SWITCHGEAR EQUIPMENT. HE WAS TAKING BUS VOLTAGE READINGS FROM A PARTIALLY ENERGIZED SWITCHGEAR (FOR THE MOTOR STARTER OF A 3-PHASE, 480-VOLT COMPRESSOR). WHILE HE WAS TAKING A READING, AN ELECTRICAL FLASH OCCURRED, AND THE EMPLOYEE WAS BURNED. THE EMPLOYEE DIED A WEEK LATER. THE CAUSE OF THE ELECTRICAL FLASH WAS UNKNOWN, BUT IT MAY HAVE BEEN DUE TO A SHORT CIRCUIT CAUSED BY THE TEST EQUIPMENT. THE EMPLOYEE WAS NOT WEARING THE PROPER PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT FOR FLASH.
Keywords: burn, clothing, electric arc, electrical, ppe, e gi vii, electrical work, test equipment, electrical fault
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1611722 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Not specified mechanics and repairers

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