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Accident: 202505798 - Electrician Contacts Live Conductor And Is Killed

Accident: 202505798 -- Report ID: 0352440 -- Event Date: 07/19/2008
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31223229107/21/20081731Riggs Distler & Company, Inc.
On July 9, 2008, Employee #1 and a coworker, electricians, were restoring electricity to four single-family homes. They were sent out to locate an underground fault in the electric service cable. The fault was located, the bad section of wire was removed, and the remaining wire was spliced into a new section of wire. The wire was crimped and covered with a gel pack to keep water and moisture out. As Employee #1 was making the final splice in order to put the houses back in service, he contacted the energized 120-volt electric service cable and was electrocuted. According to the employer, the weather was hot and humid during the service call, and the electrician had been sweating while performing his work.
Keywords: excavation, electric cable, electrician, electrocuted, electrical work, elec utility work, electric conductor, electric shock, electrical splice
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling Maintenance or repair Under $50,000 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 312232291 Fatality Electric Shock Electricians' apprentices FallDist:
FatCause: Electrocution by touching exposed wire/source

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