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Electrician dies in North Carolina.
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 85-48, 1985 Sep; :1-5
A fatal accident circumstances and epidemiology (FACE) report describing an electrocution in North Carolina was presented. The report was part of the NIOSH FACE project to collect data on electricity and confined space/related accidents involving fatalities. A service technician was electrocuted in the crawl space of a private residence on August 29, 1985 while performing an annual pre winter inspection of the electrical wiring of the furnace. The technician contacted the ground wire that had been energized because of incorrect wiring through the toggle switch that supplied power to the furnace. During an interview with the owner of the firm that employed the technician, it was learned that the firm had no written safety program. Employees were selected from the graduating classes of two local technical colleges. New employees were trained on the job for a period of 2 to 3 years by a senior service technician. The residential wiring was inspected and found to be haphazard and confusing. The author recommends that employers alert employees of electrical hazards that they may encounter and provide them with the means to determine if these hazards are present. Residential wiring should satisfy the requirements of the National Electric Code.
NIOSH-Author; Electrical-industry; Region-4; Training; Workplace-studies; Electrical-systems; Standards; Accident-analysis; Occupational-hazards; Industrial-exposures; FACE-85-48
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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