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Accident: 201344686 - Employee'S Hands Burned By Electric Arc Flash

Accident: 201344686 -- Report ID: 0729700 -- Event Date: 12/27/2007
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31178494612/28/20071731Southwestern Electric Co, Inc
At approximately 11:05 a.m. on December 27, 2007, Employee #1 was troubleshooting a 12,400-volt, 3-phase electrical load switch when an arc flash occurred. The 600-volt meter exploded due to backfeed. Employee # suffered burns on both hands and he was transported to the burn unit of a local hospital. Prior to the arc flash, Employee #1 had removed his electrical-rated gloves.
Keywords: burn, voltage backfeed, elec protect equip, electric arc, work rules, construction, electrical work, electric meter, electrical fault, hand
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Multi-family dwelling Other Under $50,000
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 311784946 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Electrical power installers and repairers FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Temporary work (buildings, facilities)
FatCause: Other

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