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Employee electrocuted while dismantling a metal edged box resting on a flexible electrical cord.

Authors
Anonymous
Source
NIOSH 1991 Jul; :1-3
NIOSHTIC No.
20028369
Abstract
A 24 year old white male wind-up operator was electrocuted when the metal edge of a box he was dismantling severed the insulation on a flexible electrical cord. The box had apparently fallen off the fork lift and was propped on edge by the fork lift which was not operation at the time of the incident. He was breaking off bolts with a hammer and chisel; the weight of the box and the force of the blows exposed the energized electrical wire. The company electrician measured 277 volts and .1 amps subsequent to the fatality. The employee had been breaking apart these metal framed wooden boxes because they were no longer needed by the company. He had been working for 11 hours and forty-five minutes when this fatality occurred. Massachusetts Department of Labor and Industries investigators concluded that, in order to prevent future similar occurrences, employers should: 1. Refrain from using flexible electrical cords as a substitute for fixed wiring. 2. Refrain from using flexible electrical cords where they may be subjected to damage. 3. Ensure that established safety procedures are followed at all times. 4. Discourage the practice of 12 hour work days to avoid employee fatigue. 5. Ensure that the company safety program is comprehensive and includes identification of common electrical hazards.
Keywords
Region-1; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Work-operations; Work-analysis; Work-areas; Work-performance; Work-practices; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-measures; Safety-monitoring; Protective-measures; Safety-programs; Fatigue; Electric-properties; Electrical-hazards; Electrical-safety; Electricity; Electrocutions
Publication Date
19910723
Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
1991
NTIS Accession No.
PB2013-101705
NTIS Price
A01
Identifying No.
FACE-91MA007; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-108704
SIC Code
NAICS-33
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
MA
Performing Organization
Massachusetts Department of Health
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