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Accident: 170899132 - Burn - Electrical Fault In Meter

Accident: 170899132 -- Report ID: 0950641 -- Event Date: 10/05/1995
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12003559710/05/19951611Gansek Construction
An electrician for an electric utility was checking fluctuating voltage in a vault. The cabinet containing the equipment was marked "light disconnect," and the employee was using a Fluke meter rated at 700 volts maximum to do the test. Unfortunately, the circuit operated at 4800 volts, and the meter failed. The ensuing electric arc burned the employee's face and hands. The electrician was hospitalized for his injuries. He received skin grafts as treatment for some of his burns.
Keywords: burn, electric arc, electrical, electrical testing, electrician, electrical work, equipment failure, test equipment, e ptd, electrical fault
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 120035597 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Electricians

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