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Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201103207 Event: 08/28/2002Employee Electrocuted In Contact With Energized Vent Pipe
At approximately 3:10 p.m. on August 28, 2002, Employee #1 was in the attic of a residence, installing a section of aluminum flex pipe for a kitchen exhaust fan to vent to the outside. This job was part of Pacific Gas and Electric's (PG&E) Weatherization Installation Program. Employee #1 was in a prone position across wooden rafters, connecting the metal flex duct, when a 2 x 4 cracked & broke. As he fell, Employee #1 struck a 1 in. conduit pipe. Apparently when the vent pipe was moved, an electrical wire came loose & was touching the metal range vent pipe unit. Employee #1 was electrocuted as a result of contact with the low-voltage current flowing from the vent pipe through his body to ground.
Keywords: board, installing, conduit, electrocuted, struck against, construction, equipment failure, elec circ part--misc, electric conductor, metal pipe
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 125842211 Fatality Electric Shock Insulation Workers

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