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Accident: 201771672 - Burn - Electrical Fault In Circuit Breaker

Accident: 201771672 -- Report ID: 0213900 -- Event Date: 05/15/2002
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30339634505/16/20024911Pse&G
Four electric utility employees were verifying ratio changes in transformers at a substation. The lead employee entered the compartment of an air circuit breaker to place a test lead on a deenergized 4160-volt bus. He contacted an energized 4160-volt busbar instead and caused an electrical fault. The ensuing electric arc severely burned the four employees. They were hospitalized for their injuries.
Keywords: burn, electric arc, electrical, power line worker, test equipment, e ptd, substation, circuit breaker, elec utility work, electrical fault
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 303396345 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Electrical power installers and repairers
2 303396345 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Electrical power installers and repairers
3 303396345 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Electrical power installers and repairers
4 303396345 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Electrical power installers and repairers

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