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Accident: 200541043 - Employee Burned In Electrical Explosion, Later Dies

Accident: 200541043 -- Report ID: 0317500 -- Event Date: 04/19/2004
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30696073304/19/20041731Wood Electrical Construction
On April 19, 2004, Employee #1 and a coworker, both journeymen electricians, were situated on a scissor lift pulling 480-volt, three-phase, temporary wiring into a de-energized disconnect switch that would then be placed on a 480-volt energized bus duct to provide power for a construction site outside a mall. They were inserting one end of a messenger cable, which was used to support the temporary wiring, into a section of the ventilation grid on the bus duct when the cable became energized and two explosions followed. The second explosion produced a ball of flames that severely burned both workers. Employee #1 died as a result of his injuries on May 26, 2004.
Keywords: burn, electrical, work rules, electrician, construction, electrical work, elec circ part--misc, electrical fault
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building New project or new addition Under $50,000 2 25 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 306960733 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Temporary work (buildings, facilities)
FatCause: Fire/explosion

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