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18 Year-old electrician's apprentice electrocuted 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 86-08, 1985 Nov; :1-5
A fatal accident circumstances and epidemiology (FACE) report on an electrocution in North Carolina was presented. The report was part of the NIOSH FACE project to collect data on electricity or confined space/related accidents involving fatalities. On October 28, 1985, an 18 year old electrician's apprentice was relocating overhead junction boxes for a lighting system in a newly constructed industrial park complex. The victim, standing on a fiberglass ladder, had just completed connecting a 227 Volt energized system when he came in contact with the non insulated wires. He descended the ladder, took three steps, and collapsed. The supervisor and coworkers began performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation. The victim could not be revived. A burn wound on the victim's index finger suggested point of entry. The victim had been employed by the company for approximately 3 weeks. He had received no previous electrical training, and on the job training was very limited. Recommendations include not performing work on energized systems, developing a written safety program, and determining the capabilities of employees prior to job assignment.
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