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Accident: 878488 - Burn - Electrical Fault In Switch

Accident: 878488 -- Report ID: 0352430 -- Event Date: 08/27/1989
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10447214708/29/19891731Emerton Electrical Testing Co., Inc.
An electrician was changing a fuse in a tap switch. He was using a 0.375-inch ratchet wrench to loosen parts in the switch. As he loosened the bottom retainer bolt on one of the phase conductors, the handle of the ratchet wrench contacted the brass portion of the fuse for the adjacent phase, causing an electrical fault. The electrician was burned by the ensuing electric arc. He later died of his injuries.
Keywords: burn, clothing, electric arc, e gi iv, electrical, electric switch, electrician, electrical work, lockout, electrical fault
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 104472147 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Electricians

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