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Accident: 202467866 - Employee Is Burned In Electrical Arc Flash

Accident: 202467866 -- Report ID: 0950643 -- Event Date: 04/16/2009
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31243126504/16/20091731Braaten Electric, Inc.
Employee #1 was installing an energy management device, Xedia Technologies, Model Number XPS400, 480 volt. The device was to be attached to a blank 100 amp breaking in the main breaker panel in the back of the store. Employee #1 and a factory representative installed the device to the 100 amp breaker. In the two slots above the 100 amp breaker was a 200 amp breaker and a 225 amp breaker. Employee #1 made the connections of the device to the 100 amp breaker and stepped to the right side of the panel to reenergize the breaker. He did not replace the breaker panel cover. When he moved the breaker switch to the on position, an electrical flash occurred from the 200 and 225 amp breakers. Employee #1 received third degree flash burns to his left hand, left arm, face, scalp, neck and ears and was hospitalized.
Keywords: burn, electric arc, scalp, electrician, ear, neck, arm, face, hand
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building Maintenance or repair Under $50,000 1 1
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 312431265 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Electricians FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Installing equipment (HVAC and other)
FatCause: Fire/explosion

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