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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 124006248 - J E Reedy Inc

Inspection Information - Office: Indiana

Nr: 124006248Report ID: 0551800Open Date: 07/21/1994

J E Reedy Inc
4276 North County Road 25 East
Seymour, IN 47274
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 1731/Electrical Work
Mailing: Attn John E Reedy P O Box 1265, Seymour, IN 47274

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:08/03/1994
Planning Guide: Safety-Manufacturing Close Case:10/14/1994

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 5 5
Current Violations 5 5
Initial Penalty $5,850 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,850
Current Penalty $2,925 $0 $0 $0 $0 $2,925
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19100215 A02 08/19/1994 08/23/1994 $300 $600 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01002 Serious 19100303 G02 I 08/19/1994 08/23/1994 $375 $750 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  3. 01003 Serious 19100333 A 08/19/1994 09/06/1994 $750 $1,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  4. 01004 Serious 19100333 B02 IVB 08/19/1994 08/23/1994 $750 $1,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  5. 01005 Serious 19100334 C03 08/19/1994 08/23/1994 $750 $1,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 170389811Event: 07/19/1994Burn - Failure Of Lockout System
An experienced crew leader for an electrical contractor approached a section of a 12-kilovolt, 600-ampere switchgear. The host electric utility had attached a hold open tag to the switchgear, indicating that it had been deenergized. A switchman for the electric utility had also been on site and had pulled the fuses for another section of the same switchgear where other work was going to be performed. However, the section that the crew leader was to check had not been deenergized; and no verbal clearance had been issued for this section. The crew leader was wearing appropriate personal protective equipment, including hard hat, safety glasses, and rubber insulating gloves rated at 20 kilovolts. He carried a Simpson 500 volt-ohmmeter, presumably to check for residual voltage on the switchgear. When the crew leader approached the still-energized switchgear with the meter, an electric arc occurred. The employee sustained fatal burns to his body from his face to his knees.
Keywords: burn, clothing, electrical, power line worker, lockout, test equipment, e ptd, elec utility work
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 124006248 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Electrical power installers and repairers

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