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Accident: 170631444 - Burn - Electrical Fault In Meter

Accident: 170631444 -- Report ID: 0950642 -- Event Date: 02/21/1994
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11977814005/03/19943312Lefiell Manufacturing Co.
An electrical technician for a manufacturing company was troubleshooting an electrical problem. Taking a Sears volt-ohmmeter (Model No. 82411) with him, he entered a locked substation, which was controlled by a utility company. He connected the leads from the meter, which was rated at 750 volts AC maximum, to a 13-kilovolt-ampere transformer in the substation. An electrical fault occurred, melting the meter leads and causing the meter to explode. The employee was burned by the ensuing electric arc. He was hospitalized with second- and third-degree burns to his hands and arms. (His hair was also burned.)
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 119778140 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Electrical and electronic technicians

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