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Accident: 200010718 - Burn - Electrical Fault In Circuit Breaker

Accident: 200010718 -- Report ID: 0729300 -- Event Date: 10/01/1999
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30319002912/07/19998711Cutler Hammer Engineering Services And Systems
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30226030210/04/19991731Guarantee Electrical Co.
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30226031010/04/19998062Barnes-Jewish Hospital
An electrician was using a high-voltage phase tester to test a bus tie circuit breaker located on the front end of a switchboard. The meter read 2.4, measuring from phase to ground. The employee mistakenly thought that meant 2.4 volts rather than 2.4 kilovolts. Thinking the circuit was deenergized, he grounded one phase and caused an electrical fault. The ensuing electric arc burned the employee. He sustained second- and third-degree burns over more than 70 percent of his body. The employee was hospitalized until October 24, 1999, when he died from fatal kidney failure associated with his burn injuries.
Keywords: electric arc, protective grounding, electrical, burn, electrician, lockout, e gi iv, electrical fault, electrical work, circuit breaker
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Powerplant Alteration or rehabilitation $250,000 to $500,000 1 8 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 303190029 Occupation Not Listed
2 302260302 Fatality Electric Shock Electricians
3 302260310 Occupation Not Listed

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