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Accident: 732511 - Electric Shock - Ground Fault In Portable Handlamp

Accident: 732511 -- Report ID: 0454510 -- Event Date: 06/25/1987
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10541986506/29/19877513Ryder Truck Rental Co.
A TRUCK MECHANIC WAS SERVICING A DIESEL TRUCK IN A PIT IN A VEHICLE REPAIR SHOP. THE EMPLOYEE WAS USING A TROUBLE LIGHT THAT HAD INSULATION IN POOR CONDITION (EXPOSING LIVE PARTS), THAT HAD A METAL GUARD, AND THAT HAD A RECEPTACLE AND SWITCH IN ITS HANDLE. ADDITIONALLY, THE LIGHT WAS CONNECTED TO A RECEPTACLE THAT HAD REVERSED POLARITY. THE LIGHT WAS OF THE GROUNDING TYPE WITH A THREE-CONDUCTOR CORD; HOWEVER, THE GUARD WAS LOOSE. THE METAL GUARD BECAME ENERGIZED, ELECTROCUTING THE MECHANIC, WHO WAS WET WITH PERSPIRATION.
Keywords: e gi v, electrical, reverse polarity, electrocuted, ground fault, equipment grounding, electric light--port
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 105419865 Fatality Electric Shock Bus, truck and stationary engine mechanics

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