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Accident: 201320116 - Electric Shock - Direct Contact With Energized Parts

Accident: 201320116 -- Report ID: 0317900 -- Event Date: 10/20/1998
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30232694710/21/19981731Carr & Duff, Inc.
Two employees, an electrician and a helper, were repairing a damaged transformer and refusing and cleaning a Penn switch box (Model No. IS-S, Serial No. 13- 229-K) to restore power to a transformer manufacturing plant. The box had a Kirk interlock on the outside access door and enclosed a Kearney Iso Quencher gang switch. The electrician was standing directly in front of the open switch box door. He bent down and reached into the box to clean the inside contacts. He was electrocuted when his hand contacted the energized center contact of the three-phase switch. There was a malfunction in the Kearney switch, which was a problem known to the employer and other employees. The electrician had not been wearing his rubber insulating gloves and had not tested the circuit to ensure that it was deenergized before reaching into the box.
Keywords: elec protect equip, e gi iv, electrical, electric switch, electrician, electrocuted, electrical work, interlock, lockout, elec circ part--misc
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Manufacturing plant Maintenance or repair Under $50,000 12 12 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 302326947 Fatality Electric Shock Electricians FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Other Activities-Installing Ornamental And Archite
FatCause: Electric shock, other and unknown cause

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