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Inspection: 311243497 - Brenmar Construction, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Cincinnati

Nr: 311243497Report ID: 0522000Open Date: 08/06/2007

Brenmar Construction, Inc.
401 South Paint Street
Chillicothe, OH 45601
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 1542/General Contractors-Nonresidential Buildings, Other than Industrial Buildings and Warehouses
NAICS: 236220/Commercial and Institutional Building Construction
Mailing: 900 Morton Street, Jackson, OH 45640

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:Y
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:09/12/2007
Emphasis: S:ElectricalClose Case:11/01/2007

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident101962165    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 2
Current Violations 2 2
Initial Penalty $5,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,000
Current Penalty $2,500 $0 $0 $0 $0 $2,500
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19100254 D02 09/12/2007 09/17/2007 $1,250 $2,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01002 Serious 19100305 G02 II 09/12/2007 09/17/2007 $1,250 $2,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201955184Event: 08/03/2007Employee Electrocuted By Temporary Wired Power Cord
On August 3, 2007, Employee #1, of BrenMar Construction, Inc., was at the P. H. Glatfelter Company to repair the fan on the boiler. He was to use a 460/575 volt, three-phase, Miller XMT304 portable arc welder, serial #LA284630, which his employer had brought to the site. However, the welder was not equipped with a plug. A BrenMar supervisor at the site consulted with a Glatfelter supervisor, and they decided to have a Glatfelter maintenance person wire a plug onto the welder's power cord, which was common practice at many host facilities, including this site. Glatfelter actually provided a cord known to be compatible with their outlets and within the voltage range of the welder. The Glatfelter maintenance worker wired the plug to the cord but, unknowingly, wired the grounding conductor to one of the hot terminals, and a hot one to the ground terminal. The maintenance worker did not plug in the welder. When the welder unit was plugged in, Employee #1 touched the frame of the welder and was electrocuted. According to Brenmar, Glatfelter and to Miller Electric Manufacturing Company, which manufactures the unit, the equipment power cord can be wired with any plug that is compatible with the outlets available at the worksite, provided the plug is within the rated voltage of the welder.
Keywords: electrical, cord set, electrocuted, welder, construction, cord connector, elec circ part--misc, electric cord
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 311243497 Fatality Electric Shock Welders and cutters

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