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Accident: 170000657 - Burn - Electrical Fault In Conduit

Accident: 170000657 -- Report ID: 1055360 -- Event Date: 12/09/1992
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11131853112/09/19924911Puget Sound Power & Light Co
An electric utility employee was using a Milwaukee Sawzall to cut two 150-millimeter-diameter conduits at the bottom of a trench. A second employee was helping him. The blade on the saw was too long; and, as it cut through the two empty conduits, its tip also penetrated a third conduit that was carrying a 34.5-kilovolt cable. This caused an electrical fault, and the ensuing electric arc caused flash burns to both employees.
Keywords: burn, electric arc, electrical, power line worker, conduit, e ptd, undrgrd installation, elec utility work, electrical fault, undrgrd power line
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 111318531 Non Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Electrical power installers and repairers
2 111318531 Non Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Electrical power installers and repairers

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