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Accident: 170748610 - Burn - Electrical Fault In Switchboard

Accident: 170748610 -- Report ID: 0316400 -- Event Date: 11/26/1997
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11652641901/08/19981731C. Damron Jr. Electric, Incorporated
Two employees of an electrical contractor were removing a 225-ampere circuit breaker from a 1600-ampere, 277/480-volt, Square D switchboard. The employees had not deenergized the switchboard before starting the job, nor were they wearing personal protective equipment. Employee #1 was performing the task, kneeling in front of the switchboard. Employee #2 was kneeling to his left. An electrical fault occurred, and the ensuing electric arc burned the two employees and ignited their clothing. Employee #l received burns to his chest, face, and arms. He died from his injuries. Employee #2 received burns to his right side, and he burned his hands from putting out the fire on himself and his coworker.
Keywords: burn, clothing, electric arc, e gi iv, electrical, switchboard, electrician, electrical work, lockout, electrical fault
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other building New project or new addition Under $50,000 1 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 116526419 Non Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Installing equipment (HVAC and other)
FatCause: Electrocution from equipment installation/tool use
2 116526419 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Electricians FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Installing equipment (HVAC and other)
FatCause: Electrocution from equipment installation/tool use

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