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22 year-old construction worker electrocuted in Kentucky.

Authors
NIOSH
Source
NIOSH 1986 Jul; :1-5
NIOSHTIC No.
00170031
Abstract
A carpenter, aged 22 years, was electrocuted when a portable electrical saw he was using developed a ground fault at a construction site. The power to operate the tool came from a temporary service pole approximately 50 feet away which had not been inspected by the city and did not satisfy applicable code requirements. A panel box, a ground fault circuit interrupter receptacle installed in a weatherproof box, and a regular receptacle installed in a weatherproof box were mounted on the pole. The worker used a homemade extension cord from the receptacle at the temporary pole to the laundry building where he was working and a second extension cord from the homemade one to a portable power saw. The victim had received several shocks during the morning of the accident and had replaced one of the extension cords, but not the saw which was the source of the shocks. The area of the accident was wet from a prior rain, hot and humid. The worker, preparing to descend from a makeshift wooden ladder, transferred the saw from his right to his left hand, and was shocked. He fell from the ladder into a puddle of water at the base of the ladder, with his hand locked to the saw. Recommendations included immediate removal of any faulty electrical equipment from operation; the use of equipment only for those applications for which it was designed; and the supplying of electrical service to a construction site in accordance with all local codes and OSHA standards.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; Region-4; FACE-86-36; Construction-workers; Electrical-workers; Electrical-hazards; Power-tools; Electrical-shock; Construction-Search
Publication Date
19860730
Document Type
Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1986
NTIS Accession No.
PB87-223236
NTIS Price
A01
Identifying No.
FACE-86-36
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 Number FACE-86-36, 5 pages
State
KY; WV
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