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School maintenance worker electrocuted in Ohio.
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 86-05, 1985 Oct; :1-5
A fatal accident circumstances and epidemiology (FACE) report on an electrocution in Ohio was presented. The report was part of the NIOSH FACE project to collect data on electricity and confined space/related accidents that involve fatalities. On October 11, 1985, a school maintenance worker was removing obsolete wiring from a room beneath the football stadium. A 15 foot section had been cut out and removed. A small section behind a 2,400 Volt transformer remained. While removing this section, the maintenance worker apparently contacted one of the wires to the transformer. The victim walked approximately 10 feet to a room that a coworker was cleaning and collapsed. Emergency procedures including cardiopulmonary resuscitation, intravenous medication, esophageal airway, and electrical shock were administered at the site and on the way to the hospital. The worker was pronounced dead without regaining consciousness. The author notes that the official cause of death is not known. Recommendations include not performing maintenance near or on high voltage transformers without disconnecting the power supply, guarding all hazardous energy sources to prevent inadvertent exposure, and developing a safety program to recognize and correct hazards.
NIOSH-Author; Education; Region-5; Electrical-shock; Epidemiology; Protective-measures; Hazards; Exposure-levels; Accident-analysis; Safety-research; FACE-86-05
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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