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Accident: 525741 - Burn - Electrical Fault In Circuit

Accident: 525741 -- Report ID: 0830600 -- Event Date: 06/05/1992
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10954488206/25/19923532Denver Equipment Company
A MAINTENANCE WORKER WAS TROUBLESHOOTING A 2400-VOLT CIRCUIT FOR A TEST PUMP. HE WAS USING A BECKMAN MULTIMETER (MODEL NO. 350, SERIAL NO. 10501011). THE INSTRUMENT WAS IN THE 1000-VOLT AC TEST RANGE AND WAS BEING USED ON AN ENERGIZED CIRCUIT. WHEN THE EMPLOYEE PLACED THE INSTRUMENT PROBES ONTO THE FUSES (EITHER PHASE-TO-PHASE OR PHASE-TO-GROUND), THE CURRENT VAPORIZED THE PROBES. THIS CREATED AN ELECTRICAL FAULT, AND THE ENSUING ELECTRIC ARC SEVERELY BURNED THE EMPLOYEE. HE DIED OF HIS INJURIES SEVERAL WEEKS AFTER THE ACCIDENT.
Keywords: burn, clothing, e gi ii, fuse, electric arc, electrical, electrical testing, test equipment, electrical fault
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 109544882 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Not specified mechanics and repairers

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