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Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 14497788 Event: 06/29/1984Electrical Flash - Fault At Switchgear
AN EMPLOYEE WAS PERFORMING MONTHLY PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE ON SWITCHGEAR EQUIPMENT. HE WAS TAKING BUS VOLTAGE READINGS FROM A PARTIALLY ENERGIZED SWITCHGEAR (FOR THE MOTOR STARTER OF A 3-PHASE, 480-VOLT COMPRESSOR). WHILE HE WAS TAKING A READING, AN ELECTRICAL FLASH OCCURRED, AND THE EMPLOYEE WAS BURNED. THE EMPLOYEE DIED A WEEK LATER. THE CAUSE OF THE ELECTRICAL FLASH WAS UNKNOWN, BUT IT MAY HAVE BEEN DUE TO A SHORT CIRCUIT CAUSED BY THE TEST EQUIPMENT. THE EMPLOYEE WAS NOT WEARING THE PROPER PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT FOR FLASH.
Keywords: burn, clothing, electric arc, electrical, ppe, e gi vii, electrical work, test equipment, electrical fault
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1611722 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Not specified mechanics and repairers

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