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A hotel maintenance worker died from injuries received from an electrical flash.

Authors
Anonymous
Source
NIOSH 2007 Aug; :1-5
NIOSHTIC No.
20032886
Abstract
A 39-year-old Hispanic hotel maintenance worker died from an inhalation injury and an electrical flash burn to approximately 20 percent of his body, face, and arms. The victim was changing a fuse in an electrical panel when the incident occurred. The garage area of the hotel had lost electrical power and the assistant general manager for the hotel told the victim to "check out" the problem. The victim was not trained to do electrical work. The victim contacted the maintenance supervisor by telephone for guidance. According to the maintenance supervisor, he instructed the victim not to touch the electrical fuses. The victim proceeded to try to change the fuse. The power was not shut off and there was no lockout/tagout applied when the electrical flash occurred. The CA/FACE investigator determined that, in order to prevent future occurrences, employers, as part of their Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) should: 1. Ensure workers only perform tasks that are part of their well-defined duties.
Keywords
Region-9; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Work-operations; Work-analysis; Work-areas; Work-performance; Work-practices; Safety-education; Safety-measures; Safety-monitoring; Protective-measures; Training; Electrical-hazards; Electrical-safety; Safety-practices; Electrical-burns; Electrical-hazards; Electricity
Publication Date
20070831
Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2007
NTIS Accession No.
PB2008-102555
NTIS Price
A01
Identifying No.
FACE-06CA008; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-907284
SIC Code
NAICS-72
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
CA
Performing Organization
Public Health Institute
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