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Accident: 200451847 - Employee Is Electrocuted While Inspecting Capacitor Cabinet

Accident: 200451847 -- Report ID: 0418600 -- Event Date: 05/27/2005
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30910012105/27/20058744Sodexho Facilities Management
On May 27, 2005, The Tuskegee University construction manager phoned Employee #1, the chief engineer for Sodexho Facilities Management. The University of Tuskegee contracted Sodexho to manage overall maintenance of campus facilities. The construction manager wanted to determine if 100-kVA (apparently 100 kilovolt amp) fuses were located on the 4-kVA capacitor electric distribution system. Employee #1 apparently did not know if fuses were present and agreed to meet the construction manager at the switch gear building, where the equipment was located. The construction manager, Employee #1, and the electric supervisor proceeded to the electric room, where the equipment was located. They opened the unlocked front side of the capacitor bank cabinet, where the fuses were supposed to be located, and did not observe any fuses. They then proceeded to the back side of the capacitor cabinet. They opened the back side of the cabinet and again did not observe any fuses. They proceeded back to the front side of the capacitor cabinet. While reexamining the inside of the capacitor cabinet, the construction manager pointed out what appeared to be fuse holders. Employee #1 apparently went down on his knees to read information printed on the fuse holders, while the construction manager called the consulting engineer to inform him of the absence of the fuses and the electric supervisor looked on. Employee #1, who was not insulated from the exposed, energized feeds and fuse holders, was electrocuted and killed when he contacted the 12,470-volt center phase of the system.
Keywords: electrocuted, capacitor, electric shock, electrical cabinet
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 309100121 Fatality Electric Shock Occupation not reported

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