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Accident: 202508206 - Burn - Electrical Fault In Electric Switch

Accident: 202508206 -- Report ID: 0950622 -- Event Date: 09/28/2010
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31432487210/04/20104911Pacific Gas & Electric Company
A power line worker in an insulated aerial lift was working on an overhead air switch on a 21-kilovolt overhead power line. As he was using a metal crescent wrench on the energized switch, it came too close to a grounded object on the utility pole and caused an electric fault, which spread to all three phases on the pole. The ensuing electric arc burned the employee on his face and collarbone area. He was hospitalized for his injuries.
Keywords: burn, electric arc, overhead power line, electrical, cutout switch, power line worker, e ptd, elec utility work, electrical fault, hand tool
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 314324872 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Electrical power installers and repairers

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