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Accident: 200376515 - Employee Electrocuted While Rewiring Air Conditioner

Accident: 200376515 -- Report ID: 0454510 -- Event Date: 09/06/2013
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31700945409/10/20137623Lucas Electric Company Inc
At approximately 10:00 a.m. on September 6, 2013, Employee #1 and Employee #2 were in the attic replacing a damper at a residential home. They had duct taped the insulation to the damper and Employee #2 went downstairs to turn the thermostat to make sure the damper was working properly. Employee #1 was coming from behind the damper unit when Employee #2 heard a zapping sound as if someone was being shocked and he pulled the disconnect switch. Employee #1 was holding a 110v handheld light with a missing ground pin. The light did not have a bulb guard on it and he might have come into contact with the metal portion that held the bulb. There was a red mark on his right arm that might indicate an entry point; an exit point was not determined. Emergency Medical Services responded and Employee #1 died from electrocution.
Keywords: elec insulation, air conditioner, electrocuted, ground fault
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling Maintenance or repair Under $50,000 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 317009454 Fatality Electric Shock Heating, air conditioning, and refrig. mechanics FallDist:
Cause: Installing equipment (HVAC and other)
FatCause: Electric shock, other and unknown cause

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