Skip directly to search Skip directly to A to Z list Skip directly to page options Skip directly to site content

NIOSHTIC-2 Publications Search

Search Results

HVAC contractor and employee electrocuted in crawlspace - North Carolina, August 30, 1994.

Authors
NIOSH
Source
NIOSH 1994 Dec; :1-5
NIOSHTIC No.
00224652
Abstract
The electrocution deaths of a 46 year old male heating, ventilation and air conditioning contractor and his 23 year old employee were reported. The employer had been contracted to install a new combination heating, ventilation, and air conditioning unit at a private residence. The employer had hired a part time worker who had worked for him in the past. The job consisted of installing duct work throughout the residence and setting the unit in place in a 38 inch high crawl space under one end of the house. The employee was using an electric drill to drive screws through aluminum straps into floor joists. As he drilled one of the screws the sharp edge of the aluminum strap contacted the house wiring, damaging its insulation. The drill bit and the strap became energized, completing an electrical circuit through the first victim and pipes in the area to ground. The contractor was summoned by the homeowner, who had heard noise in the crawl space. When the contractor entered the crawl space and grabbed the first victim, he also became a part of the electrical circuit. Both men died of electrocution. Recommendations urge that employers conduct a job site survey before starting any work to identify hazards, that safety programs be developed in full, and that additional electrical safety training be provided to workers working with or around electrical current, including proper rescue procedures.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; FACE-94-17; Region-4; Accident-analysis; Safety-research; Electrical-hazards; Construction-workers; Heating-systems; Construction-Search
Publication Date
19941206
Document Type
Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1995
NTIS Accession No.
PB95-189791
NTIS Price
A01
Identifying No.
FACE-94-17
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-94-17, 5 pages
State
NC; WV
TOP