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Case Status: OPEN

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Inspection: 1511027.015 - Alliant Energy

Inspection Information - Office: Appleton

Nr: 1511027.015Report ID: 0521100Open Date: 01/21/2021

Alliant Energy
4811 Venture Drivenull
Sheboygan, WI 53083
Union Status: Union
NAICS: 237130/Power and Communication Line and Related Structures Construction
Mailing: 4421 Tower Drivenull, Sheboygan, WI 53081

Inspection Type:Fat/Cat
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:01/21/2021
Close Case:

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Referral1723005 Yes  
 Referral1724640 Yes  
 Referral1723026 Yes  
Case Status: OPEN

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $13,653 $0 $0 $0 $0 $13,653
Current Penalty $13,653 $0 $0 $0 $0 $13,653
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19100269 C01 I 05/19/2021 06/17/2021 $13,653 $13,653 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 132756.015Event: 01/21/2021One Employee Is Electrocuted And Another Is Burned By Offsit
At 11:00 a.m. on January 21, 2021, Employees #1 and #2 and two coworkers, employ ed by an energy supply company, were responding to a call from a contractor who was excavating a 200-foot water line addition to a meat market, a multiemployer construction project. The contractor had struck an underground power line betwe en transformer 1 and transformer 2 while excavating. The power line break cause d power to be lost at the meat market and a neighboring facility. The four ene rgy supply company employees were working to repair the broken underground power lines. Employee #2 shut the power off at the pole and placed grounding straps on the secondary compartment of transformer 1. Employee #2 joined Employee #1 on the west side of the excavation while their coworkers worked elsewhere. Whe n the power was interrupted, a generator in the facility next door started autom atically and began providing power to the facility's office. Approximately 30 m inutes later, an employee from the neighboring facility threw a manual switch co nnected to a generator to supply electricity to the facility's warehouse. The e lectricity back-fed through the ungrounded transformer 2 to where Employees #1 a nd Employee #2 were working. Both employees received an electric shock from the backfeed. Employee #1 was killed by electrocution. Employee #2 sustained seve re burns to the hands. Employee #2 was transported by emergency services to the hospital, where he was admitted for treatment of the electrical burns.
Keywords: burn, construction, electric shock, electrocuted, equipment grounding, excavation, lockout/tagout, multiemployer, repair, transformer, undrgrd power line, voltage backfeed
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1511027.015 Hospitalized injury Electrical power installers and repairers
2 1511027.015 Fatality Electrical power installers and repairers

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