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Accident Report Detail

Accident: 201090925 - Burn - Voltmeter Failed

Accident: 201090925 -- Report ID: 0950645 -- Event Date: 09/19/1997
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
An employee was replacing or repairing an electric meter. The voltmeter the employee was using was rated for a lower voltage than the voltage he was checking. When he connected the voltmeter to the circuit, the instrument failed. The ensuing electric arc ignited the voltmeter, which, in turn, burned the employee's right palm. He was hospitalized for his injuries.
Keywords: burn, e gi v, electric arc, electrical, electrical testing, electrician, electrical work, equipment failure, test equipment, electrical fault
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Powerline, transmission line Maintenance or repair Under $50,000
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 126215029 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Electrical and electronic technicians FallDist:
Cause: Interior plumbing, ducting, electrical work
FatCause: Fire/explosion

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