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Accident: 200536464 - Electrical Foreman Is Electrocuted

Accident: 200536464 -- Report ID: 0751910 -- Event Date: 03/05/2014
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31763500103/06/20141731Acme Electric Company
On March 5, 2014, Employee #1, a journeyman electrician employed by Acme Electric Company, was working at a grain processing facility. Employee #1 was the foreman for a crew permanently assigned to the electrical maintenance of the facility. Based on information developed during the subsequent investigation by Iowa OSHA, Employee #1 went into a fenced-in high voltage area located between two buildings to obtain manufacturer information from a storage capacitor. Employee #1 did not deenergize the equipment before entering this high-voltage "cage," and the PPE he was wearing consisted only of a hard hat and safety glasses. Employee #1 climbed a 6-foot fiberglass step ladder and was attempting to verify information on a capacitor when his right hand made contact with an energized electrical part. Employee #1 was electrocuted. The electrical shock he sustained was approximately 13,800 volts. Employee #1 fell from the ladder to the ground. There was no witness to this event. Employee #1 was found the next morning, at approximately 8:00 a.m. on March 6, 2014. This fatality was reported to Iowa OSHA by the employer on March 6, 2014.
Keywords: maintenance, ppe, electrician, electrocuted, ladder, capacitor, construction, elec circ part--misc, electric shock, hand
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Manufacturing plant Maintenance or repair Under $50,000 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 317635001 Fatality Electric Shock Supervisors; electricians & power transm. install. FallDist:
Cause: Temporary work (buildings, facilities)
FatCause: Electric shock, other and unknown cause

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