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Accident: 694190 - Burn - Electrical Fault In Testing Equipment

Accident: 694190 -- Report ID: 0355114 -- Event Date: 01/30/1986
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
335029501/30/19864911Pepco
Two power line workers were checking the phasing of some splices they had made. They were using an Allis-Chalmers, Type F, 13.8-kilovolt, 1200-ampere, ground and test device. This particular device had a 3-millimeter-thick steel face. They were also using an A. B. Chance Company phasing tool (Catalogue No. 1876). The phasing tool had 178-millimeter-long probes screwed into its end. The probes were too long for the purpose, and an electric arc formed between the probes and the metal face of the ground and test device. Both employees were burned by the arc and were hospitalized for their injuries.
Keywords: burn, electric arc, electrical, power line worker, electrical testing, test equipment, e ptd, elec utility work
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 3350295 Hospitalized injury Other Electrical power installers and repairers
2 3350295 Hospitalized injury Other Electricians' apprentices

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