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Accident: 200261477 - Burn - Electrical Fault In Recloser

Accident: 200261477 -- Report ID: 0627100 -- Event Date: 10/18/2000
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12343863210/19/20004911Clay County Electric Co-Op
A foreman power line worker and an apprentice were working from the bucket of a double-bucket aerial lift. They were working at a height of between 6 and 11 meters. The two employees were performing maintenance at a recloser. The foreman threw the by-pass switch for the recloser, removed a jumper, and left it hanging. The jumper contacted the recloser and caused an electrical fault. The ensuing electric arc ignited the insulating hydraulic fluid in the recloser and the foreman's clothing. The electric arc also burned both employees. The foreman jumped or was thrown out of the bucket. He landed on the ground in the midst of burning oil and grass. He died of burns and asphyxiation from smoke inhalation. The apprentice jumped from the bucket and sprained his leg and ankle in the fall. He was hospitalized with burns to his face and back in addition to the sprains.
Keywords: burn, clothing, electric arc, electrical, power line worker, e ptd, circuit breaker, elec utility work, fall, electrical fault
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 123438632 Fatality Asphyxia Supervisors; electricians & power transm. install.

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