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Accident: 202600748 - Burn - Electrical Fault In Underground Power Line

Accident: 202600748 -- Report ID: 0352450 -- Event Date: 09/25/2009
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31365027709/28/20091731Decisive Communications, Inc.
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31365026909/28/20091731William Fee Dba Fee Underground
Some employees working for two contractors opened an excavation to access underground fiber-optic cables. One of the workers located what he thought to be the telecommunication conduit. Another conduit was approximately 75 millimeters away. The worker used a cordless drill to drill into the conduit so that he could see the line. Unfortunately, he had drilled into a 7,500-volt underground power line. An electrical fault occurred, and the ensuing electric arc burned the employee's right hand, right arm, and face. He was hospitalized with first- and third degree burns and received skin graphs on his hand. The electric arc also burned an employee from the other contractor. He was hospitalized with first- and second-degree burns to his neck, face, and ear.
Keywords: burn, electric arc, electrical, telecom work, e tc, undrgrd installation, electrical fault, electric drill, hand, undrgrd power line
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building Alteration or rehabilitation Under $50,000
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 313650277 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Laborers, except construction
2 313650269 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Laborers, except construction

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