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Accident: 170570493 - Electric Shock - Ground Fault

Accident: 170570493 -- Report ID: 0454510 -- Event Date: 08/27/1995
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12647481608/28/19951711Gene Love Plumbing Service, Inc.
A plumber was clearing a clogged sewer line. Instead of cleaning the line from outside of the house, the employee decided to work inside a crawl space in the house. He had made a cut in the line and was about to plug a Ridgid Model 1500 drain cleaner into an extension cord set. The extension cord was connected to a receptacle that was part of the house wiring. The employee was working in either very saturated soil or in 25 to 50 millimeters (1 to 2 inches) of standing water, which was present in various places. He was electrocuted by an apparent ground fault. (No ground fault circuit interrupter was in use.)
Keywords: e gi iii, electrical, cord set, electrocuted, ground fault, wet operation, equipment grounding, crawl space, elec equipment--misc, water
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 126474816 Fatality Electric Shock Plumbers, pipefitters and steamfitters

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