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Accident: 200521714 - Electric Shock - Direct Contact With Energized Conductor

Accident: 200521714 -- Report ID: 0751910 -- Event Date: 06/23/2000
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30037799106/26/20001623Hooper Corporation
A journeyman power line worker was removing a pole-mounted 7200/240-volt transformer. He removed and coiled the jumper to primary-side phase conductor. He then operated what he thought was the disconnect switch for the secondary. He removed his rubber insulating gloves and placed his hands on the ungrounded primary terminal on the transformer. The switch did not control the secondary, and the primary terminal was apparently energized by backfeed through the transformer. The employee was electrocuted. He had entry and exit burns on his hands and stomach.
Keywords: voltage backfeed, protective grounding, electrical, power line worker, electrocuted, lockout, e ptd, elec utility work, transformer, utility pole
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Powerline, transmission line Alteration or rehabilitation $250,000 to $500,000 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 300377991 Fatality Electric Shock Supervisors; electricians & power transm. install. FallDist:
Cause: Demolition
FatCause: Electrocution by touching exposed wire/source

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