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Accident: 38696.015 - Employee Contacts Energized Switchgear And Is Killed

Accident: 38696.015 -- Report ID: 0317500 -- Event Date: 01/22/2013
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
839503.01501/22/2013Eaton Corporation
At 11:00 a.m. on January 22, 2013, an employee was performing upgrades to a campus electrical distribution switchgear. The employee was working with phase voltage that measured 4,160 volts AC from phase and 23,000 volts AC from phase to ground. Using a utility knife, the employee was installing bus extensions when he was electrocuted by the 4kv switchgear due to the lack of de-energizing the proper breaker.
Keywords: voltage backfeed, electrical, electrocuted
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building Alteration or rehabilitation   X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 839503.015 59 M Fatality Electric Shock Electrical and electronic engineers FallDist:
FatCause: Electric shock, other and unknown cause

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