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Video store owner electrocuted.
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, FACE 85-24, 1985 Jun; :1-4
A case study of an electrocution of a video store owner was examined. A small pharmacy had been remodeled to serve as a video rental store. Remodeling in the storage room and repair of the air conditioning system had not been completed. On the day preceding the incident, an electrician had checked the air conditioning system and determined that the thermostat was faulty. The electrician disconnected service to the air conditioning unit and cut a wire on the same wall as the thermostat. On the day of the incident, the victim had framed in one wall and removed the faulty thermostat from that wall in the process; the thermostat cover was also removed. At the time of the incident, the victim was standing on an aluminum ladder and was removing the wires from the metal box when both wires made contact with the box. The victim was grounded as a result of standing on the aluminum ladder. There were no witnesses to the accident and the body was not found until the next morning. Investigators estimated that the victim remained in contact with the electricity for 4 to 5 seconds until the fuse opened the circuit and the victim fell from the ladder to the floor. The authors recommend that electrical circuits should not be repaired, moved, or accessed unless deenergized and personally verified.
NIOSH-Author; Electrical-industry; Epidemiology; Safety-measures; Safety-equipment; Hazardous-materials; Industrial-hazards; Workplace-studies; Safety-monitoring; Industrial-exposures; Occupational-hazards; Region-3; FACE-85-24
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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