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Accident: 201353927 - Employee Is Electrocuted While Connecting Conduit

Accident: 201353927 -- Report ID: 0419700 -- Event Date: 10/05/2009
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31182408010/06/20091731Mcpherson Electrical Contractors, Inc.
On October 5, 2009, Employee #1 was working for a company that was removing existing overhead light fixtures, cleaning them, and then reinstalling them in a different pattern on the ceiling. Employee #1 was working in an elevated scissor lift, connecting a flexible conduit to an existing electrical junction box. The 277-volt circuit to the junction box was not deenergized and Employee #1 did not check if the wires were energized, before he began working on them. Employee #1 received an electrical shock that inflicted burns to both of his hands. He was able to tell a coworker that he was shocked, and was able to text his father and a friend to tell them that he was shocked. A few moments later, he collapsed. A tradesman observed Employee #1 drop a tool and slump over in the scissor lift. Employee #1 was taken to a local hospital, where he died.
Keywords: burn, conduit, electrocuted, construction, lockout, electric shock, electrical box, hand
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building Alteration or rehabilitation $1,000,000 to $5,000,000 1 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 311824080 Fatality Electric Shock Electricians' apprentices FallDist:
Cause: Installing plumbing, lighting fixtures
FatCause: Electrocution by touching exposed wire/source

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