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Accident: 867796 - Burn & Shock - Transformer Exploded

Accident: 867796 -- Report ID: 0522300 -- Event Date: 06/22/1988
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10243516106/23/19884911Ohio Power Co.
A SUBSTATION CREW WAS LOOKING FOR ELECTRIC POWER TO OPERATE A 240-VOLT PORTABLE OIL FILTER PRESS. THE REGULAR HOOKUP FOR THIS UNIT HAD BEEN DEENERGIZED. ONE OF THE CREW MEMBERS WAS STANDING ON A LADDER NEAR TWO TRANSFORMERS (34.5/12 KILOVOLTS). IT WAS CONCLUDED THAT HE MAY HAVE MISREAD A VOLTAGE TAG, BECAUSE, WHEN HE WAS USING A VOLTAGE TESTER, HE CREATED A FAULT WHICH CAUSED ONE OF THE TRANSFORMERS TO EXPLODE. THIS EMPLOYEE DIED OF THE BURNS HE RECEIVED. EMPLOYEE #2 RECEIVED MINOR BURNS AND SHOCK. HE WAS TREATED AT A HOSPITAL AND RELEASED. THE THREE REMAINING EMPLOYEES WERE TREATED FOR SHOCK AND RELEASED.
Keywords: burn, clothing, shock, electrical, power line worker, e ptd, substation, elec utility work, electrical fault, transformer
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 102435161 Non Hospitalized injury Other Electrical power installers and repairers
2 102435161 Non Hospitalized injury Other Electrical power installers and repairers
3 102435161 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Electrical power installers and repairers
4 102435161 Non Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Electrical power installers and repairers
5 102435161 Non Hospitalized injury Other Electrical power installers and repairers

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