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Accident: 201103207 - Employee Electrocuted In Contact With Energized Vent Pipe

Accident: 201103207 -- Report ID: 0950624 -- Event Date: 08/28/2002
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12584221108/29/20021742Western Insulation Inc
At approximately 3:10 p.m. on August 28, 2002, Employee #1 was in the attic of a residence, installing a section of aluminum flex pipe for a kitchen exhaust fan to vent to the outside. This job was part of Pacific Gas and Electric's (PG&E) Weatherization Installation Program. Employee #1 was in a prone position across wooden rafters, connecting the metal flex duct, when a 2 x 4 cracked & broke. As he fell, Employee #1 struck a 1 in. conduit pipe. Apparently when the vent pipe was moved, an electrical wire came loose & was touching the metal range vent pipe unit. Employee #1 was electrocuted as a result of contact with the low-voltage current flowing from the vent pipe through his body to ground.
Keywords: board, installing, conduit, electrocuted, struck against, construction, equipment failure, elec circ part--misc, electric conductor, metal pipe
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling Other Under $50,000 1 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 125842211 Fatality Electric Shock Insulation Workers FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Interior plumbing, ducting, electrical work
FatCause: Electric shock, other and unknown cause

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