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18 year-old electrician's apprentice electrocuted in North Carolina.

Authors
NIOSH
Source
NIOSH 1985 Nov; :1-5
NIOSHTIC No.
00157584
Abstract
A fatal accident circumstances and epidemiology (FACE) report on an electrocution in North Carolina was presented. The report was part of the NIOSH FACE project to collect data on electricity or confined space/related accidents involving fatalities. On October 28, 1985, an 18 year old electrician's apprentice was relocating overhead junction boxes for a lighting system in a newly constructed industrial park complex. The victim, standing on a fiberglass ladder, had just completed connecting a 227 Volt energized system when he came in contact with the non insulated wires. He descended the ladder, took three steps, and collapsed. The supervisor and coworkers began performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation. The victim could not be revived. A burn wound on the victim's index finger suggested point of entry. The victim had been employed by the company for approximately 3 weeks. He had received no previous electrical training, and on the job training was very limited. Recommendations include not performing work on energized systems, developing a written safety program, and determining the capabilities of employees prior to job assignment.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; Electrical-industry; Region-4; Epidemiology; Accident-statistics; Burns; Training; Workplace-studies; Electrical-shock; Health-services; FACE-86-08; Construction-Search
Publication Date
19851119
Document Type
Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1986
NTIS Accession No.
PB86-223641
NTIS Price
A01
Identifying No.
FACE-86-08
NIOSH Division
DSR
SIC Code
NAICS-23
Source Name
Division of Safety Research, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Morgantown, West Virginia, Report No. FACE-86-8-I, 5 pages
State
NC; WV
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