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Accident: 201037538 - Employee Killed Cleaning Ground Conductor In Crawl Space

Accident: 201037538 -- Report ID: 0950635 -- Event Date: 08/17/2005
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30547940408/18/20051521Daniel F Hallahan Dba The House Doctor
On August 17, 2005, Employee #1, an 18-year-old electrician's helper for a general contractor, was working in the crawl space under a single-family home undergoing renovations. His supervisor had asked him to go under the house and clean out an abandoned ground conductor. Employee #1 and another coworker stated that there was no electrical power to the house, only a borrowed feed from a neighbor to run the refrigerator and a generator used to power construction tools. After not seeing Employee #1 for about an hour, the supervisor went to the crawl space entrance in the bedroom and found Employee #1 about 6 ft from the opening. He had been electrocuted. The supervisor ordered the generator shut off and went into the crawl space to retrieve Employee #1. Paramedics and police arrived and took the body to the hospital. The generator involved was below the wattage that required a GFCI.
Keywords: electrical, work rules, electrician, electrocuted, construction, ground fault, inexperience, elec circ part--misc, crawl space
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
  New project or new addition $50,000 to $250,000 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 305479404 Fatality Electric Shock Electricians' apprentices

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