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Accident: 170005995 - Burn - Electrical Fault In Voltmeter

Accident: 170005995 -- Report ID: 1055360 -- Event Date: 09/04/1993
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11543027409/08/19931731Cascade Electric Services Inc
An employee was tracing a secondary circuit that had a fault. He had checked a secondary junction box and found a failed elbow. He then moved to a three-phase, pad-mounted transformer. He discovered an open fuse on the 7200-volt primary side of the transformer. He decided to test the fuse with a low-voltage voltmeter. The voltmeter failed, and the employee sustained burns on his hands, face, and right arm from the ensuing electric arc. The employee, who was not qualified to work on the high voltage side of the transformer, was hospitalized for his injuries.
Keywords: burn, electric arc, electrical, electrician, test equipment, e ptd, elec utility work, electrical fault, transformer, untrained
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 115430274 Hospitalized injury Electric Shock Electricians

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