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24 Year-old mobile home installer electrocuted in Indiana.
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 86-28, 1986 Jun; :1-5
A 24 year old mobile home installer was electrocuted while using an electric auger to place steel anchor rods under a new home. Four mobile home service men were installing the home. Two were inside the home doing finishing work, the other two were under the home installing tie down anchors. Nine 36 inch steel anchor rods were being installed under the home using an electric auger machine. Six 50 foot extension cords had been used to reach an electrical outlet 200 feet away on an adjoining property. Two cords had ground prongs missing and some were repaired with electrical tape. The electric outlet used was a two prong, 110/120 volt receptacle; an adaptor was used at the receptacle, but its ground wire was not connected. Part of the extension cord lay on wet grass, mud, and gravel and the workmen were on wet gravel. While inserting the eighth rod, the man holding the deadman's switch on the auger was shocked and knocked back from the auger machine. The machine fell across the victim, but was kicked off by the other worker. The electric cord was wrapped around the victim's thigh. Recommendations arising from this accident include: developing and implementing a written safety program; institution of a training program in hazard recognition and control for all employees; providing a ground fault circuit interrupter or an assured grounding system on electrical equipment; and inspecting and maintaining all equipment, tools, and electrical extension cords in good working order.
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