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Accident: 3287.015 - An Employee Is Electrocuted When Installing Hvac Equipment

Accident: 3287.015 -- Report ID: 0524530 -- Event Date: 07/21/2011
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
92566.01507/22/2011Kch Mechanical, Inc.
At 8:30 AM on July 21, 2011, Employee #1 was working at new construction home installing HVAC equipment with two other coworkers. Extension cords ran into building; one cord powered a furnace blower fan. The cord was directly wired to the fan and the ground wire failed. Employee #1 went to move the blower and was electrocuted because a short in the motor caused the case of the fan to become energized. The employee was pronounced dead at St. Anthony Hospital in Effingham, Illinois at 8:21 am. The employer did not utilize ground fault protection, even though extension cords were used to provide electrical power.
Keywords: air conditioner, electrical, extension handle, ground fault
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling New project or new addition   2 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 92566.015 31 M Fatality Electric Shock Plumbers, pipefitters and steamfitters FallDist:
FatCause: Electric shock, other and unknown cause

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