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22 Year-old construction worker electrocuted in Kentucky.
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 86-36, 1986 Jul; :1-5
A carpenter, aged 22 years, was electrocuted when a portable electrical saw he was using developed a ground fault at a construction site. The power to operate the tool came from a temporary service pole approximately 50 feet away which had not been inspected by the city and did not satisfy applicable code requirements. A panel box, a ground fault circuit interrupter receptacle installed in a weatherproof box, and a regular receptacle installed in a weatherproof box were mounted on the pole. The worker used a homemade extension cord from the receptacle at the temporary pole to the laundry building where he was working and a second extension cord from the homemade one to a portable power saw. The victim had received several shocks during the morning of the accident and had replaced one of the extension cords, but not the saw which was the source of the shocks. The area of the accident was wet from a prior rain, hot and humid. The worker, preparing to descend from a makeshift wooden ladder, transferred the saw from his right to his left hand, and was shocked. He fell from the ladder into a puddle of water at the base of the ladder, with his hand locked to the saw. Recommendations included immediate removal of any faulty electrical equipment from operation; the use of equipment only for those applications for which it was designed; and the supplying of electrical service to a construction site in accordance with all local codes and OSHA standards.
NIOSH-Author; Region-4; FACE-86-36; Construction-workers; Electrical-workers; Electrical-hazards; Power-tools; Electrical-shock; Construction-Search
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