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Laborer electrocuted in Ohio, November 4, 1986.
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 87-11, 1986 Dec; :1-5
An 18 year old laborer in an oil recycling plant was electrocuted when he contacted a pump casing that was energized due to faulty wiring. The victim was employed at a chemical service facility that recycles industrial and synthetic oils. He and a coworker were to pump the oil from a filtering tank into a kettle where it could be analyzed. The men were using a standard 7.5 horsepower, portable bane pump and a 2 inch, steel reinforced hose to accomplish this task. A short time after the pumping process was started, the victim was observed holding the pump with one hand and shaking; after 5 to 7 seconds he fell away from the pump. He was pronounced dead of electrocution. The portable pump frame was not grounded and the insulation on one of the conductors entering the motor connection box had been damaged, allowing a live conductor to become exposed which energized the metal pump frame. There was no strain relief device where the power cable entered the motor connection box. Without the strain relief device, any force exerted on the power cable could have contributed to the damaged conductor insulation. Recommendations arising from this accident were that electrical equipment be designed and maintained to comply with applicable requirements of the National Electrical Code, that the employer develop and implement formal safety training, and that the employer develop and implement a comprehensive preventive maintenance program for electrical equipment.
NIOSH-Author; FACE-87-11; Region-5; Electrical-hazards; Electrical-shock; Oil-recovery; Chemical-industry-workers; Accident-analysis; Safety-practices
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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