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Accident Report Detail

Accident: 201160793 - Electric Shock - Ground Fault In Electric Drill

Accident: 201160793 -- Report ID: 0950641 -- Event Date: 08/18/1998
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12611131908/20/19981711Joe'S Maintenance
An employee (an independent contractor who occasionally worked for the employer) was using a metal snake to open a blockage in a pipe. The snake was driven by an electric drill owned by the employee. The drill was not insulated, and its equipment grounding prong had been removed. He was working in the garage beneath an apartment owned by his employer. The drill was so old that its nameplate and serial number were illegible. The employee was electrocuted by an apparent ground fault in the drill. The resident of the apartment heard the employee scream and called for emergency medical services upon finding the employee unconscious. He was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.
Keywords: e gi v, electrical, electrocuted, ground fault, equipment grounding, electric drill
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling Maintenance or repair Under $50,000 2 24 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 126111319 Fatality Electric Shock Plumber, pipefitter and steamfiter apprentices FallDist:
Cause: Interior plumbing, ducting, electrical work
FatCause: Electrocution from equipment installation/tool use

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