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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Case Status: CLOSED

Case Status: CLOSED

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 3569.015 Event: 09/08/2011Employee Is Electricuted By Electrical Fan
On September 8, 2011, Employee #1, a sanitation crew member at a meat packing pl ant, had completed cleaning an area of the facility. The employee had hosed dow n the area and had brought in a large fan that is used to blow water from the wa lls and ceilings. Without actuating the electrical disconnect or wearing any el ectrical personal protective equipment such as gloves, Employee #1 took the male fan plug, with a NEMA configured 240 volt plug, and was attempting to plug it i nto a NEMA configured 480 volt cabled receptacle. The employee was very wet fro m the cleaning activities and as the employee attempted to force the two mismatc hed connectors together brought them to his abdomen where he managed to get them engaged enough to receive a 480v shock resulting in an electrical entry burn at the navel and an exit burn on his right gluteus maximus. Employee #2, a sanitat ion crew member, found employee #1 and actuated the electrical disconnect and ca lled for help. Medical responders pronounced the employee dead at the scene.
Keywords: electrical, electrocuted, receptacle
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 98645.015 Fatality Production helpers

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