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Accident: 303808877 - Employee Burned When Changing Switchgear

Accident: 303808877 -- Report ID: 0134000 -- Event Date: 12/07/2001
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30380887712/07/20011731Mass Electric Construction Company
On December 7, 2001, Employee #1 was changing a switchgear on a telephone pole. His coworker had not inspected the lines going into and out of the switchgear, but had left the tape covering the three lines. Employee #1 assumed that the lines coming out of the box were going into the box in the same way. However, they were not, the lines changed in the middle the box. As Employee #1 was removing the box, power was resorted to the lines and caused a cross-phase flash that burned him. He was transported to a medical center and hospitalized for the treatment of the burns received in the accident.
Keywords: burn, electric arc, electrician, electrical work, electrical box, switchgear
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Powerline, transmission line Other $50,000 to $250,000 30
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 303808877 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported FallDist:
Cause: Demolition
FatCause: Electrocution from equipment installation/tool use

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