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Accident: 170695209 - Burn - Electrical Fault In Test Equipment

Accident: 170695209 -- Report ID: 0950645 -- Event Date: 10/01/1992
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12005744310/27/19922037Pick Sweet Foods
A BOILER WORKER ASKED THE ONLY ELECTRICIAN ON DUTY TO REPAIR A COMPRESSOR. THE ELECTRICIAN WENT TO THE POWER ROOM AND OPENED THE COVER TO THE FUSES ON THE C-3 FREEZING HIGH STAGE COMPRESSOR (WITH AN ITE 5000-VOLT MOTOR STARTER) NEEDING REPAIR. AFTER OPENING THE COVER, HE HELD THE INTERLOCK SWITCH CLOSED WITH ONE HAND AND PUT A 600-VOLT WIGGY SQUARE D TESTER TO TEST THE LARGE FUSE. THE TESTER FAILED, BURNING HIS HANDS AND FACE. THE VOLTAGE ON THE PANELBOARD ON WHICH HE WAS WORKING WAS 4160 VOLTS (AS STATED ON THE PANELBOARD COVER); HOWEVER, THE ELECTRICIAN HAD NO EXPERIENCE OR TRAINING TO WORK ON ANYTHING OVER 460 VOLTS. THE TESTER THE ELECTRICIAN WAS USING WAS THE HIGHEST VOLTAGE RATED ONE AVAILABLE. THE EMPLOYEE WAS HOSPITALIZED FOR HIS INJURIES.
Keywords: burn, e gi v, electric arc, electrical, electrical testing, electrician, electrical work, test equipment, electrical fault
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 120057443 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Electricians

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