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Accident: 202457941 - Wind Farm Worker Suffers From Heat Exhaustion

Accident: 202457941 -- Report ID: 0950647 -- Event Date: 09/15/2012
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31338795310/17/20121731Sunstall, Inc.
At approximately 4:15 p.m. on September 15, 2012, Employee #1, a laborer with Sunstall Inc., an electrical contractor constructing a solar power farm. Employee #1 and other coworkers had ceased work for the day and were in transit back to their motel when Employee #1 started experiencing, a seizure, a symptom of heat exhaustion. Employee #1 was new to the area, and had not been acclimated to the climate during a period of high heat. Employee #1 suffered the effects of heat exhaustion due to being exposed to high heat while participating in outside construction activity. Employee #1 was hospitalized as a result of the event. Employee #1 was a full time permanent employee of the employer. Employee #1 had been using various types of hand tools earlier that day.
Keywords: heat, electrician, electrical work, heat exhaustion
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Powerplant New project or new addition $500,000 to $1,000,000
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 313387953 Hospitalized injury Heat Exhaustion Occupation not reported FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Fencing, installing lights, signs, etc.
FatCause: Heat/hypothermia

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