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Accident: 200841138 - Employee Electrocuted In Contact With Heating Element

Accident: 200841138 -- Report ID: 0524530 -- Event Date: 08/29/2005
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30382253009/06/20051711G.L. Morris Dba G.L. Morris Refrigeration
At approximately 3:00 p.m. on August 29, 2005, Employee #1 was working alone in a new residence, removing an air diverter from an installed residential heat pump inside an air handler's ductwork. The ductwork was directly below the air handler, which had 20-kilowatt, 230-volt auxiliary heating coils. Employee #1 cut out the side of the ductwork to gain access to the screws that held the diverter in place. He put his head into the ductwork and was trying to pull the diverter toward him in the limited space to access the last two screws when he raised his head into the heating element. Employee #1 was electrocuted. The power to the air handler had not been turned off.
Keywords: clearance, duct, dismantling, electrical, electrocuted, struck against, construction
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling Alteration or rehabilitation $50,000 to $250,000 2 30 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 303822530 Fatality Electric Shock Occupation not reported FallDist:
Cause: Installing equipment (HVAC and other)
FatCause: Electrocution by touching exposed wire/source

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