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Accident: 201353448 - Employee Dies After Electric Shock From Faulty Cord

Accident: 201353448 -- Report ID: 0419700 -- Event Date: 09/25/2007
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31003333709/25/20071742Carlos Cisneros Drywall Corp
On September 25, 2007, Employee #1 was using a refurbished, double insulated Bosch Rotozip saw, model 4351, to cut holes in the sheetrock ceiling of a residential home under construction. The cord of the tool had an inadequate splice in it. The tool was plugged into a 120-volt extension cord which was plugged into a power strip. The power strip was connected to a series of three extension cords that went to an outlet located in the house next door. The outlet was equipped with a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI). The extension cords between the power strip and the outlet were missing their grounding pins. Employee #1 wrapped the extension cord that powered the saw around his neck so that the plug where the power tool was connected was resting on the left side of his chest. It was a hot day, and he was sweating. A witness heard Employee #1 yell, and saw him throw off the tool and cord. He then stepped off the plastic bucket upon which he was standing, took two steps, and collapsed. Employee #1 never regained consciousness. He was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The electrical shock he received was not enough to leave burn marks on his body, but it was enough to disrupt the rhythm of his heart. The medical examiner's report listed the cause of death as acute cardiac dysrhythmia due to low voltage electrocution.
Keywords: heart, unconsciousness, work rules, cord set, construction, saw, elec circ part--misc, electric shock, electric cord, electrical splice
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling New project or new addition $250,000 to $500,000 2 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 310033337 Fatality Electric Shock Occupation not reported FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Installing interior walls, ceilings, doors
FatCause: Electric shock, other and unknown cause

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