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Accident Report Detail

Accident: 170571012 - Electric Shock - Direct Contact With Overhead Line

Accident: 170571012 -- Report ID: 0454510 -- Event Date: 07/01/1996
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12649741107/02/19964911Duke Power Co.
A power plant operator for an electric utility was working alone at his normal job in a hydroelectric power generation station. The employee noticed that there were pigeons in a transformer bank. He removed the padlock from the cage around the transformer bank and got an extension ladder so that he could fill a hole that the pidgins were using to enter the area. While he was either climbing the ladder or working from it, his back contacted the 46-kilovolt top bushing at the rear of the transformer. The employee received a severe electric shock and sustained burns as a result of the contact. He was hospitalized for his injuries.
Keywords: burn, elec protect equip, electrical, e ptd, transformer vault, elec utility work, electric shock, transformer, untrained
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 126497411 Hospitalized injury Electric Shock Power plant operators

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