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Accident: 691550 - Burn - Electrical Fault In Panelboard

Accident: 691550 -- Report ID: 0854910 -- Event Date: 03/05/1987
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10209735903/05/19873669American Laser Corporation
AN EMPLOYEE DEENERGIZED AND LOOSENED A 100-AMPERE, THREE-PHASE CIRCUIT BREAKER THAT HAD MALFUNCTIONED. HE STEPPED BACK ABOUT 2 FEET AND TALKED TO TWO OTHER PEOPLE. AFTER ABOUT 2 MINUTES, AN ELECTRICAL EXPLOSION AND FIRE ERUPTED AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PANELBOARD, 16 INCHES FROM THE CIRCUIT BREAKER. EMPLOYEE #1 SUFFERED SECOND AND THIRD DEGREE BURNS OVER 30 PERCENT OF HIS BODY. HE WAS HOSPITALIZED FOR 30 HOURS. EMPLOYEE #2 SUFFERED SMOKE INHALATION FIGHTING THE ENSUING FIRE. EMPLOYEE #3 SUFFERED MINOR FLASH BURNS AND SMOKE INHALATION. EMPLOYEES #2 AND #3 WERE TREATED AT A HOSPITAL AND RELEASED. EMPLOYEE #4 SUFFERED MINOR FLASH BURNS. SHE WAS TREATED AT THE SCENE AND RELEASED.
Keywords: burn, electric arc, electrical, e gi vii, fire, panelboard, electrical work, circuit breaker, electrical fault, smoke inhalation
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 102097359 Non Hospitalized injury Other Electrical and electronic engineers
2 102097359 Non Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Engineering technicians, n.e.c.
3 102097359 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Electrical and electronic technicians
4 102097359 Non Hospitalized injury Other Electrical and electronic technicians

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