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Accident: 170629711 - Employee Burned When Meter Shorts Out And Starts Fire

Accident: 170629711 -- Report ID: 0950625 -- Event Date: 02/02/2002
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11998150402/19/20021711Cochran Mechanical Inc
On February 2, 2002, Employee #1, an electrician/refrigeration mechanic with Cochran Mechanic, Inc., was using a Fluke calibrating instrument to adjust the ohm motor windings on a piece of equipment. He first checked to see if proper line voltage was being registered at the main. Employee #1 accidentally picked up the same meter to check for 480 volts across the lugs at the main. This meter was only good for calibration and for low voltage; when he touched the lugs, the meter shorted out and started an electrical fire. Employee #1 suffered severe burns to his hands and wrists. He was transported to Kern Medical Center for emergency treatment and then transferred to the Fresno Burn Center.
Keywords: burn, electric arc, electrical testing, electrician, test equipment, electrical fault, hand, wrist
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other building Maintenance or repair Under $50,000
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 119981504 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Electrical power installers and repairers FallDist:
Cause: Other Activities-Installing Ornamental And Archite
FatCause: Electrocution from equipment installation/tool use

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