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Inspection: 113547079 - Massachusetts Electric

Inspection Information - Office: North Boston

Nr: 113547079Report ID: 0134000Open Date: 01/03/2001

Massachusetts Electric
695 Broadway
Everett, MA 02149
Union Status: Union
SIC: 4911/Electric Services
Mailing: 170 Medford Street, Malden, MA 02148

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:06/27/2001
Close Case:08/17/2001

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident100770312    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $6,300 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,300
Current Penalty $6,300 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,300
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001A Serious 19100269 A02 I 06/28/2001 07/31/2001 $6,300 $6,300 $0 -
  2. 01001B Serious 19100269 M03 IV 06/28/2001 07/31/2001 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200770816Event: 01/03/2001Burn - Electrical Fault In Circuit Breaker
Four electric utility employees were servicing a circuit breaker in a substation. The senior member of the crew was instructing two of the employees in performing routine service on a circuit breaker. The fourth employee was assisting. Before performing the service, the lead worker called the dispatch office for permission to deenergize circuit breaker #6P3. The dispatcher provided him with the procedural steps for deenergizing the circuit breaker and permission to perform the service. With circuit breaker #6P3 deenergized and grounded, the lead worker and the two employees he was instructing began working on circuit breaker #6C3, which was still energized at 4160 volts. The fourth employee left the building to retrieve tools from his truck. On his return to the building through the front door, he heard an electric arc resulting from his colleagues' contact with energized parts of circuit breaker #6C3. A fire accompanied the electric arc and engulfed the three employees who had been working on the circuit breaker. With the entrance blocked by flames, the fourth employee returned to his vehicle and radioed for help. He grabbed a fire extinguisher and went back toward the building. One of the three employees inside exited the building with her clothes on fire. The fourth employee smothered the flames on her clothing with his sweater. The lead worker exited through the rear door, and the last employee exited through the front door. The clothing of both of these employees was also burning. Passersby assisted in extinguishing the employees' burning clothing. Emergency medical service personnel arrived and transported the three injured employees to a hospital for treatment. The lead worker died of his injuries. (The other two injured employees were not listed on injury lines on the original form.)
Keywords: burn, clothing, electric arc, electrical, electrician, electrical work, lockout, e ptd, elec utility work, electrical fault
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 113547079 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Electricians

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