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30 year-old electrician electrocuted in Maryland, July 29, 1987.

Authors
NIOSH
Source
NIOSH 1987 Sep; :1-4
NIOSHTIC No.
00177528
Abstract
An electrician was electrocuted while installing new wiring when he accidentally contacted an energized conductor. He was employed by an electrical contracting firm utilizing 40 full time workers. A safety program was in place at the company and was administered on a routine basis. The victim and a coworker were relocating a conduit and wiring for a carbon-dioxide coolant system used in a refrigeration system. Before beginning work the victim and a building maintenance man went to the panel box area to disconnect power. Writing on the boxes was barely legible. While power to the controls and gauges was disconnected, power for the compressor motor was overlooked. After disconnecting the energized conductor from the compressor motor and taping the ends with electrical tape, the victim pushed a fish tape through the conduit till its end protruded. He then attached the conductor to the fish tape, pulling it back through until the energized wire protruded from the conduit. He then removed the electrical tape. The victim was holding the fish tape, grounded against the conduit, when he contacted energized wire and collapsed, breaking contact. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) was begun in about 5 minutes by emergency medical services but was unsuccessful. It is recommended that adequate identification be provided at control panel boxes for disconnecting means and circuits, that standard operating procedures for circuit testing be reinforced, and that training in CPR be offered to employers and employees.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; Region-3; FACE-87-63; Electrical-workers; Electrical-hazards; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Safety-practices; Construction-Search
Publication Date
19870917
Document Type
Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1987
NTIS Accession No.
PB88-190293
NTIS Price
A01
Identifying No.
FACE-87-63
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-87-63, 4 pages
State
MD; WV
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