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Accident: 201033818 - Burn - Electrical Fault In Disconnect Switch

Accident: 201033818 -- Report ID: 0950635 -- Event Date: 07/10/2001
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30076142607/17/20015311Robinsons May Co
Employee #1 was working as a maintenance mechanic or maintenance engineer for a large department store. He was working from an aluminum ladder, attaching the leads of a voltmeter to the load side of a 480-volt disconnect switch to check for voltage. Although the system was energized, he was not wearing flame-resistant clothing, rubber insulating gloves, or suitable eye protection. An electrical fault occurred, and the ensuing electric arc knocked Employee #1 to the floor. Investigators found a screwdriver at the accident scene that they believed caused the fault. Employee #1 sustained second-degree burns to his right arm and first-degree burns to his face. He was hospitalized for 2 days for treatment of blisters and monitoring of vital signs. Normal skin color in the burned area of his arm was supposed to return in about 1 year.
Keywords: burn, e gi ii, electric arc, maintenance, electrical, electric switch, ppe, test equipment, skin, electrical fault
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 300761426 Hospitalized injury Electric Shock Electrical power installers and repairers

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