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Accident: 200102218 - Employee Removing Circuit Is Burned In Explosion, Later Dies

Accident: 200102218 -- Report ID: 0522300 -- Event Date: 12/22/2005
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30962773512/23/20053085Progressive Plastics Inc.
On December 22, 2005, Employee #1 was the building's maintenance coordinator and was removing a shut-off box from a 480-volt, 3-phase circuit bus duct while energized. No other employee was exposed to the hazard although there was a forklift operator working with Employee #1 who was in control of the aerial lift at the time of the accident. No personal protective equipment was being worn or used by Employee #1 at the time of the accident. During the removal process, there was an explosion causing Employee #1 to be blown out of the aerial lift he was working from, and falling approximately 10-ft to 14-ft to the ground. The investigation found the lack of a hazard assessment being performed on this particular job task; the company's safety and health program was deficient involving its lockout and tag out program. Employee #1 sustained second-degree and third-degree burns over 100-percent of his body. Employee #1 died approximately six hours after the incident.
Keywords: burn, heat, maintenance, ppe, lockout, explosion, elec circ part--misc, fall, tag, aerial lift
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 309627735 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Machinery maintenance occupations

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