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Video store owner electrocuted.

Authors
NIOSH
Source
NIOSH 1985 Jun; :1-4
NIOSHTIC No.
00136564
Abstract
A case study of an electrocution of a video store owner was examined. A small pharmacy had been remodeled to serve as a video rental store. Remodeling in the storage room and repair of the air conditioning system had not been completed. On the day preceding the incident, an electrician had checked the air conditioning system and determined that the thermostat was faulty. The electrician disconnected service to the air conditioning unit and cut a wire on the same wall as the thermostat. On the day of the incident, the victim had framed in one wall and removed the faulty thermostat from that wall in the process; the thermostat cover was also removed. At the time of the incident, the victim was standing on an aluminum ladder and was removing the wires from the metal box when both wires made contact with the box. The victim was grounded as a result of standing on the aluminum ladder. There were no witnesses to the accident and the body was not found until the next morning. Investigators estimated that the victim remained in contact with the electricity for 4 to 5 seconds until the fuse opened the circuit and the victim fell from the ladder to the floor. The authors recommend that electrical circuits should not be repaired, moved, or accessed unless deenergized and personally verified.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; Electrical-industry; Epidemiology; Safety-measures; Safety-equipment; Hazardous-materials; Industrial-hazards; Workplace-studies; Safety-monitoring; Industrial-exposures; Occupational-hazards; Region-3; FACE-85-24
Publication Date
19850624
Document Type
Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1985
NTIS Accession No.
PB86-125267
NTIS Price
A01
Identifying No.
FACE-85-24
NIOSH Division
DSR
SIC Code
NAICS-53
Source Name
Division of Safety Research, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Morgantown, West Virginia, Report No. FACE-85-24, 4 pages
State
WV
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