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Accident: 200962322 - Burn - Electrical Fault In Circuit Breaker

Accident: 200962322 -- Report ID: 0352460 -- Event Date: 09/08/1998
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30227359409/08/19984911Potomac Electric Power Company
A fuel and ash technician was in a coal yard breaker house working on an ITE K600 480-volt, 300-ampere circuit breaker. As the employee was racking the circuit breaker back in, an electrical fault occurred. He sustained second- and third-degree burns to his right arm, shoulders, back, neck, and face. He was hospitalized for his injuries. His employer required a switching jacket, ultra-violet-rated face shield, gloves with leather protectors, and rubber insulating sleeves. However, the employee was not wearing the proper personal protective equipment.
Keywords: burn, clothing, electric arc, electrical, ppe, e ptd, circuit breaker, elec utility work, electrical fault
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 302273594 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Miscellaneous plant and system operators

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