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Accident: 201075728 - Employee Suffers Electrical Shock, Falls, Fractures Ankle

Accident: 201075728 -- Report ID: 0950632 -- Event Date: 04/09/2010
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31268313906/28/20101731M L Electricworks Inc
At approximately 9:10 a.m. on April 9, 2010, Employee #1, an electrician, was installing ceiling mounted fluorescent lighting fixtures at a store. Employee #1 was working under the impression that the area of the Pharmacy where he was working had been deenergized. While Employee #1 was standing on a portable ladder running wiring through conduit, he made contact with the live circuit and received an electrical shock. Employee #1 was not able to release his grip on the conduit but was able to collapse his knees which caused him to fall from the ladder. When Employee #1 fell to the floor he broke his right ankle and sustained a compound fracture. Additionally, he sustained 2nd and 3rd degree burns to his right hand. Employee #1 was transported to UCSD Hillcrest where he was treated in excess of 24 hours for his broken ankle and electrical burns. The employer met their reporting requirement by reporting the incident to OSHA within the time allowed.
Keywords: burn, fracture, installing, electrician, ladder, lighting fixture, electric shock, fall, hand, ankle
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building Alteration or rehabilitation $1,000,000 to $5,000,000 1 4
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 312683139 Hospitalized injury Electric Shock Electricians' apprentices FallDist:
Cause: Installing plumbing, lighting fixtures
FatCause: Electrocution by touching exposed wire/source

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