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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 304797962 - Arkansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Little Rock

Nr: 304797962Report ID: 0627100Open Date: 10/09/2001

Arkansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc.
27937 Hwy. 17
Brinkley, AR 72021
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 4911/Electric Services
Mailing: P.O. Box 194208, Little Rock, AR 72219

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:Y
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:02/11/2002
Planning Guide: Safety-Manufacturing Close Case:05/06/2002

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident100261171    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 6 1 7
Current Violations 3 3 6
Initial Penalty $25,000 $0 $0 $1,000 $0 $26,000
Current Penalty $7,500 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,500
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
Deleted 1. 01001A Serious 19100269 A02 I 02/21/2002 03/12/2002 $0 $5,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
Deleted 2. 01001B Serious 19100269 A02 IIA 02/21/2002 03/12/2002 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
Deleted 3. 01001C Serious 19100269 C 02/21/2002 03/12/2002 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  4. 01002 Serious 19100269 L06 III 02/21/2002 03/12/2002 $2,500 $5,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  5. 01003 Serious 19100269 M03 II 02/21/2002 03/12/2002 $2,500 $5,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  6. 01004 Other 19100269 M03 V 02/21/2002 03/12/2002 $0 $5,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  7. 01005 Other 19100269 N03 02/21/2002 03/12/2002 $0 $5,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  8. 01006A Serious 19100269 A02 IIA 02/21/2002 03/12/2002 $2,500 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  9. 01006B Serious 19100269 C 02/21/2002 03/12/2002 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  10. 02001 Other 19040002 A 02/21/2002 03/12/2002 $0 $1,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200261618Event: 10/09/2001Electric Shock - Direct Contact With Energized Conductor
A lineworker for an electric cooperative was replacing a step voltage regulator for the "C" phase of a power line energized at 7,620 volts phase-to-ground. The regulator was capable of operating at 438 amps. The line was supposed to be deenergized for the operation. Each of the three phase conductors had its own regulator, and system neutral was connected to all three of the regulators in the regulator bank. The neutral connection started at the "A"-phase regulator and proceeded by a wire to the "B"-phase regulator. Then, a separate wire connected the "B"-phase regulator to the "C"-phase regulator. A separate wire connected the regulator neutral to the overhead system neutral. For the work being done, the "B"- and "C"-phase regulators were bypassed, while the "A"-phase regulator was left operational. Thus, the neutral line was carrying current through all the regulators to make a path for the "A"-phase regulator's regulating current. None of the lines (line, load, or neutral) leading to or emanating from the regulators were tested or grounded, nor were such steps required, according to the employer's training, actual practices, or written procedures for changing out regulators. The line and load wires were taken off the regulator without incident. When Employee #1, standing on a ladder, disconnected the current-carrying neutral line, an arc occurred, according to other workers. He fell, hitting his head and chest hard, breathed for a short period, and died after CPR attempts. The coroner determined that the cause of death was electrocution.
Keywords: overhead power line, e gi iv, electrical, power line worker, electrocuted, ladder, lockout, e ptd, elec utility work, fall
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 304797962 Fatality Electric Shock Electrical power installers and repairers

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