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32 year-old electrician electrocuted in Georgia, August 12, 1986.

Authors
NIOSH
Source
NIOSH 1987 Jul; :1-5
NIOSHTIC No.
00177513
Abstract
While attempting to replace a socket on an energized fluorescent light fixture, a journeyman electrician was electrocuted. The employee was part of a 3000 person workforce at an automotive assembly facility with an extensive safety and health program. Two journeymen electricians were to replace bulbs and make needed repairs to fluorescent light fixtures in a 50 foot long spray paint booth. Several of the 6 foot long fixtures required new sockets and ballasts. The workers climbed on top of the spray booth and worked above the lighting fixtures. The area was full of pipes and ducts and had inadequate lighting. The electricians were aware that they were working on energized fixtures. Breakers within the control panel were not labeled and the lock used for lockout/tagout was inoperable. The men started working at opposite ends of the area. The coworker observed a small flash of light, but continued to work until he required equipment from the other end of the area. At that time he noted a problem and found that the victim had been electrocuted, apparently while stripping insulation from an improperly grounded 530 volt energized single strand wire on the secondary side of the ballast. It is recommended that accessible and properly labeled means of disconnecting energy to electrical circuits be provided and used, that workers be trained in safe work procedures such as deenergizing light fixtures, and that circuits which are deenergized must have a means to assure that they will not be inadvertently energized.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; Region-4; FACE-87-43; Electrical-shock; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Safety-practices; Safety-research; Electrical-workers; Automotive-industry; Factory-workers
Publication Date
19870708
Document Type
Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1987
NTIS Accession No.
PB88-190228
NTIS Price
A01
Identifying No.
FACE-87-43
NIOSH Division
DSR
SIC Code
NAICS-33
Source Name
Division of Safety Research, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Morgantown, West Virginia, Report Number FACE-87-43, 5 pages
State
GA; WV
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