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Accident: 802850 - Electrical Burns - Fault In Switchgear

Accident: 802850 -- Report ID: 0454510 -- Event Date: 09/02/1987
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10543853509/03/19873566Gear Products Division
THREE EMPLOYEES HAD BEEN ASSIGNED TO INVESTIGATE POWER OUTAGES BEING EXPERIENCED AT THEIR PLANT. THEY WERE CHECKING THE VOLTAGE OF A GENERAL ELECTRIC SWITCHGEAR BOX (MODEL 1972, RATED AT 480 VOLTS). ONE OF THE TWO EMPLOYEES, THE PLANT ELECTRICIAN, WAS ON HIS BACK IN FRONT OF THE SWITCHGEAR, TAKING A VOLTAGE READING. HE HAD DETERMINED THAT ONE OF THE PHASES ON THE LOAD SIDE OF THE SERVICE ENTRANCE HAD A REDUCED VOLTAGE. THE ELECTRICIAN, AFTER DISCOVERING THE LOW VOLTAGE, ALSO FOUND THAT THE SWITCHGEAR WOULD NOT FREELY CONNECT AND DISCONNECT. HE TOOK A SCREWDRIVER AND STUCK IT INTO THE BOX, USING A FLASHLIGHT TO SEE WHY THE SWITCH WOULD NOT MOVE. THE ELECTRICIAN CAUSED A FAULT WITH THE SCREWDRIVER AND SUFFERED THIRD DEGREE BURNS ON HIS FACE, ARMS, AND CHEST. THE OTHER TWO EMPLOYEES RECEIVED MINOR BURNS. THEY WERE TREATED AT THE HOSPITAL AND THEN RELEASED.
Keywords: burn, clothing, e gi iii, electrical, electrician, electrical work, electrical fault, switchgear
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 105438535 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Electrical and electronic technicians

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