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Accident: 880658 - Burn - Electrical Fault In Test Equipment

Accident: 880658 -- Report ID: 0830300 -- Event Date: 08/30/1995
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11332404008/30/19951623Southeastern Electric Construction, Inc.
Two employees were phasing out a newly installed 7200-volt (phase-to-ground) electric switch. While the employees were using phasing rods and a meter to test one of the phases, an electrical fault occurred. The ensuing electric arc burned both employees. One of them was critically burned with third-degree burns to his chin, neck, arms, and upper body. He was hospitalized for his injuries. The second employee was treated for burns to his face and upper arms and was released. No personal protective equipment had been worn during the operation.
Keywords: burn, clothing, electric arc, electrical, electric switch, power line worker, test equipment, e ptd, elec utility work, electrical fault
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 113324040 Non Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Electrical power installers and repairers
2 113324040 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Electrical power installers and repairers

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