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Accident Report Detail

Accident: 575027 - Electric Shock - Ground Fault In Elevator

Accident: 575027 -- Report ID: 0524200 -- Event Date: 08/21/1996
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12232056708/21/19961542Valenti Builders, Inc.
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30094728008/21/19961796Gallaher & Speck
An elevator mechanic was working on electrical boxes on the top of a Dover hydraulic passenger elevator. The elevator was not grounded. An insulation breakdown or failure in the ballast of the elevator's florescent lighting fixture energized the entire elevator car. (The ballast was in metal-to-metal contact with the ceiling of the car.) The mechanic was electrocuted.
Keywords: ballast--lighting, elec insulation, e gi iv, electrical, ground fault, equipment grounding, elevator, electrocuted, electrical work, lockout
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building Alteration or rehabilitation $500,000 to $1,000,000 3 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 122320567 Occupation Not Listed FallDist:
2 300947280 Fatality Electric Shock Elevator installers and repairers FallDist:
Cause: Elevator, escalator installation
FatCause: Electrocution from equipment installation/tool use

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