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Accident: 202344552 - Employee Dies After Voltage Meter Causes Arc Flash

Accident: 202344552 -- Report ID: 0420600 -- Event Date: 09/11/2004
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30799444209/15/20041731Beecorp Inc. Dba Harris Electric
On September 11, 2004, Employee #1 was part of a work crew replacing a transformer that had been damaged by Hurricane Frances. He was using a handheld volt-ohm meter to measure buss voltage when an arc flash set his shirt on fire, severely burning his chest. He died three days later. Employee #1 was trying to measure a buss voltage of 4,160 volts, but the handheld unit would not safely measure more than 1,000 volts.
Keywords: burn, chest, clothing, electric arc, maintenance, electrical, work rules, construction, test equipment, hand tool
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other building Maintenance or repair Under $50,000 1 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 307994442 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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