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Accident: 202715538 - Electrical Worker Is Killed While Pulling Wire

Accident: 202715538 -- Report ID: 0950633 -- Event Date: 09/06/2013
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31621346109/07/20131731Celco Construction Company
At approximately 4:30 p.m. on September 6, 2013, Employee #1, of Celco Construction Company, was standing on top of an 8 ft tall fiberglass step ladder. While performing the task of changing the power pack for lights located in a classroom, he was pulling a wire through an already installed metal conduit. A fault in the wire made contact with conduit shocking and electrocuting Employee #1 with approximately 277 volts. It was reported that Employee #1 began to move in an odd manner with one of his legs hanging off the ladder. Coworkers said that they could tell something was wrong and notified a supervisor who was close by. The supervisor turned off the power and a coworker then kicked the ladder out from under Employee #1. However, Employee #1 was still suspended from the ceiling and the coworker pulled him down to the floor. The supervisor began doing chest compression, and Emergency Medical Services were summoned. Emergency Medical Services arrived and began performing CPR. Employee #1 was then transported to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Celco Construction Company was an electrical contractor.
Keywords: burn, electrical, electric cable, electrician, electrical work, electric shock, electrical cabinet, electrical box
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other building Maintenance or repair $50,000 to $250,000 2 24 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 316213461 Fatality Electric Shock Laborers, except construction FallDist:
Cause: Other Activities-Post Decking Detail Work
FatCause: Electrocution by touching exposed wire/source

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