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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 300140738 - Keyspan Energy Corp.

Inspection Information - Office: Long Island

Nr: 300140738Report ID: 0214700Open Date: 03/15/1999

Keyspan Energy Corp.
Waterside Ave. At Eaton'S Neck
Northport, NY 11768
Union Status: Union
SIC: 4911/Electric Services
Mailing: 131 Hoffman Lane, Central Islip, NY 11722

Inspection Type:Referral
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:03/16/1999
Close Case:07/26/1999

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident100150457    
 Referral200152585 Yes  

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $1,875 $0 $0 $0 $0 $1,875
Current Penalty $0 $0 $0 $1,000 $0 $1,000
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 19100269 C 06/16/1999 06/22/1999 $1,000 $1,875 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200150225Event: 03/14/1999Burn - Electrical Fault In Test Equipmennt
An employee with 22 years of experience was installing a ground and test device into a saltwater-circulating-pump switchgear cubical. The device was used to ground and megger a circuit under repair. Apparently, the employee did not follow the procedures for installing the device and hung the device's grounding cables on its upper terminals before installing the device into the cubical. The upper terminals became energized when the device was installed. This caused a three-phase electrical fault. The ensuing electric arc burned the employee. He was hospitalized with second- and third-degree burns over 90 percent of his body and with inhalation injuries. The employee died of his injuries 10 days after the accident.
Keywords: burn, electric arc, lung, electrical, electrical work, test equipment, e ptd, elec utility work, electrical fault
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 300140738 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Not specified mechanics and repairers

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