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Inspection: 313380412 - Josephs Electric Service

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Pico Rivera

Nr: 313380412Report ID: 0950642Open Date: 02/02/2010

Josephs Electric Service
2437 Eastern Ave
Commerce, CA 90040
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 1731/Electrical Work
NAICS: 238210/Electrical Contractors
Mailing: 3812 Avocado St, Irvine, CA 92606

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:02/02/2010
Close Case:02/02/2010

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 202455960Event: 01/27/2010Employee Is Burned By Arc Flash
At approximately 8:00 a.m. on January 27, 2010, Employee #1, an electrician and the sole owner of an electrical and air conditioning service contractor, was replacing a circuit breaker to restore power to a transformer. He had performed this type of work on numerous occasions and did not believe that it was necessary to turn off the electrical power to the circuit breaker. Employee #1 removed the cover of the electrical panel containing the circuit breaker to be replaced. A piece of metal approximately six in. long fell into the energized electrical panel, causing a short circuit. An arc flash occurred and Employee #1's long sleeve cotton shirt ignited. Coworkers heard the explosion and came to his aid, but they did not witness the accident. He was hospitalized at Los Angeles County/ USC Medical Center for second- and third-degree burns to his arms, hands, chest and face, which required numerous skin grafts.
Keywords: burn, chest, clothing, installing, electrician, lockout, circuit breaker, electric shock, electrical cabinet, face
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 313380412 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Electricians

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