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Accident: 200022416 - Burn - Electrical Fault In Circuit Breaker

Accident: 200022416 -- Report ID: 0214200 -- Event Date: 07/31/2001
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30467463307/31/20011731Arco Electric Inc.
A senior electrician was switching on a Siemens 400-amp circuit breaker to start the day's work. As he actuated it, an arc flash occurred that burned a 175-millimeter by 55-millimeter hole in a steel panel board. The circuit breaker had exploded. The electrician and another employee were transported to a burn unit. Both were hospitalized, and on September 13, 2001, one died as a result of his burns.
Keywords: burn, e gi v, electric arc, electrical, ppe, e gi vii, electrician, equipment failure, circuit breaker, electrical fault
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Manufacturing plant New project or new addition $1,000,000 to $5,000,000 1
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 304674633 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Installing equipment (HVAC and other)
FatCause: Fire/explosion
2 304674633 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Installing equipment (HVAC and other)
FatCause: Fire/explosion

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