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Accident: 87050.015 - Employee Falls And Is Killed

Accident: 87050.015 -- Report ID: 0454510 -- Event Date: 07/21/2016
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1164283.01507/22/2016173170338 - Trudeau Electric Inc
At 11:25 a.m. on June 22, 2016, a crew of two electrical contractor employees was relocating junction boxes for a large manufacturing facility. They were relocating the junction box because it was in the way of a new indoor crane being installed. Employee #1 had one year on-the-job experience and no school training in electric work. The electrical foreman had electrical training from the military. The new large junction box was located approximately 19 feet from ground level and attached to a smaller 4 by 4 by 2.5 (inches) junction box that was approximately 17 feet 4 inches from ground level. There was an I-beam going across the facility just below the junction boxes at 14 feet 8 inches. The power was not permanently shut off from the panel box that powered the junction boxes. The panel box was 277volts/480 volts. To gain access to the junction boxes, the employer provided employees with 10 feet 1 inch of masonry framing scaffold. Employee #1 climbed up the masonry scaffold frame then used the cross braces to step up on the I-beam. Employee #1 used an electrical tester; tested each wire to determine if it was live or not. Once Employee #1 found the wire and determined if it was live, Employee #1 would relay to the Electrical Foreman on the ground to turn off the power. The panel box was not labeled, therefore, the Electrical Foreman would have to go switch by switch until the tester indicated the wire was not live. While working on the junction box, Employee #1 was sitting on the I-beam, lost his balance and fell. While falling, Employee #1 struck the cross braces with his legs and struck his head on the electrical panel before ultimately falling to the concrete floor and striking his head. Employee #1 died from a fracture of the neck due to a fall from a height.
Keywords: struck against, fracture, neck, fall protection, fall, electrician
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1164283.015 29 M Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported

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