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Accident: 656801 - Electric Shock - Ground Fault In Receptacle Outlet

Accident: 656801 -- Report ID: 0111400 -- Event Date: 11/21/1986
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10045145911/21/19868099Professional Health Services, Incorporated
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10043565011/25/19864911New England Power Company
AN AUDIOMETRIC TESTING TRAILER WAS WITHOUT ELECTRIC POWER EVEN THOUGH THE TRAILER'S SUPPLY CORD WAS PLUGGED INTO A 480-VOLT RECEPTACLE OUTLET. (IT WAS RAINING HEAVILY AT THE TIME.) AN ELECTRICIAN, WHO WAS CHECKING ON THE PROBLEM, WENT TO SEE IF THE MAIN DISCONNECT FOR THE OUTLET WAS OPEN. WHILE THE ELECTRICIAN WAS GONE, AN AUDIOMETRIC TESTING TECHNICIAN REACHED INTO THE REEL COMPARTMENT OF THE TRAILER AND WAS ELECTROCUTED WHEN HE TOUCHED THE TRAILER FRAME. HE WAS STANDING ON A METAL TRENCH COVER AT THE TIME. FURTHER INVESTIGATION REVEALED THAT THE EQUIPMENT GROUNDING CONDUCTOR FOR THE RECEPTACLE HAD BEEN CONNECTED TO ONE OF THE CIRCUIT TERMINALS AND THAT THE CORRESPONDING CIRCUIT CONDUCTOR HAD BEEN CONNECTED TO THE EQUIPMENT GROUNDING TERMINAL. THIS CAUSED VOLTAGE TO BE IMPRESSED ON THE TRAILER FRAME, AND A VOLTAGE TEST INDICATED THAT THERE WAS 250 VOLTS BETWEEN THE TRAILER AND THE METAL TRENCH COVER. CARDIOPULMONARY RESUSCITATION WAS ATTEMPTED ON THE TECHNICIAN WITHOUT SUCCESS. THE AMOUNT OF TIME THAT HAD ELAPSED BETWEEN CONTACT AND CPR APPLICATION WAS NOT REPORTED.
Keywords: receptacle, electrical, cpr, e gi vii, ground fault, electrocuted, trailer
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 100451459 Fatality Electric Shock Health technologists and technicians, n.e.c.
2 100435650 Occupation Not Listed

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