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Accident: 200902237 - Employee Is Electrocuted By Panel

Accident: 200902237 -- Report ID: 0418400 -- Event Date: 08/04/2008
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31099010608/05/20081731Ashley Paulk, Inc. Dba Valdosta Electric Co.,Inc.
At approximately 10:00 a.m. on August 4, 2008, Employee #1 was an electrician. He and his helper were working at a construction site. They were in the mezzanine deck mechanical room and were installing new wiring from one of the bus plugs that was attached to the busway duct system to a breaker in one of the pan system control cabinets. Employee #1 was attaching the load-side wires from the bus plug to a 400 amp breaker located in the pan system control cabinet. The helper had difficulty lining up the screw holes to secure the cover for the bus plug breaker. He engaged the bus plug breaker to the "on" position, apparently at the same time that Employee #1 was tightening the load-side lugs inside the pan system control cabinet. Employee #1 was electrocuted.
Keywords: shock, electrician, electrocuted, busbar, electric shock, electrical cabinet
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building New project or new addition $5,000,000 to $20,000,000 1 30 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 310990106 Fatality Electric Shock Supervisors; electricians & power transm. install. FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Interior plumbing, ducting, electrical work
FatCause: Electrocution by touching exposed wire/source

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