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Request for assistance in preventing electrocutions due to damaged receptacles and connectors.

Authors
NIOSH
Source
NIOSH 1986 Oct; :1-6
NIOSHTIC No.
00166590
Abstract
NIOSH requested assistance in preventing electrocutions resulting from the use of damaged electrical receptacles and connectors. In two accidents, workers died as a result of using damaged connectors. In each case, an assumption was made that because a connector fit into a receptacle, the connection was proper and no hazard existed. In the first case a worker was electrocuted when he touched a loom frame in a textile mill. The frame was energized when an electrical, three prong connector was inserted into a damaged receptacle on the loom so that the ground prong of the plug was inserted into one of the phase terminals. The second death occurred when a welder inserted the male end of an electrical plug on a portable arc welder into a broken female connector of an extension cord, with the ground prong 90 degrees away from the appropriate terminal. The metal case of the welder connector became energized. The investigation indicated that damaged receptacles may permit improper electrical connections. Recommendations to prevent such incidents include the proper utilization of electrical components, hazard recognition, and periodic inspection and maintenance of electrical systems.
Keywords
Electrical-workers; Electrical-hazards; Electrical-shock; Electrical-equipment; Textiles-industry; Safety-measures; Welding-equipment; Construction-Search
Publication Date
19861001
Document Type
Numbered Publication; Alert
Fiscal Year
1987
NTIS Accession No.
PB87-174249
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
(NIOSH) 87-100
Source Name
NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 87-100, 6 pages, 2 references
State
OH
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