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34 Year-old machine operator electrocuted in Ohio, November 1, 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 87-07, 1986 Nov; :1-4
A machine operator was electrocuted when he inadvertently contacted an energized conductor located in a motor control panel box that had the cover plate removed. He was employed in a manufacturing company division responsible for packaging and shipment of fiberglass products. A safety program was in existence at this company. The victim and a fellow worker were cutting bulk rolls of fiberglass into narrow widths, using a fiberglass cutting machine powered by a 1/2 horsepower, 220 volt, three phase electric motor. The equipment they were using had not operated properly on the previous shift as the motor had tripped the breaker several times and the cover plate enclosing the control box had been removed and not replaced, exposing the energized conductors. During operation of the machine the victim was standing diagonally across from his coworker at the corner where the smaller widths of fiberglass were rerolled. He was holding the frame of the gang slitter when his upper right leg contacted an energized conductor in the control box. After about 30 to 40 seconds of contact, the victim fell back from the machine. The cause of death was listed as electrocution. Recommendations arising from this accident include a review of all operating procedures involving electrical panel boxes to assure that these procedures are safe and being followed and relocating the motor control panel box.
NIOSH-Author; Region-5; FACE-87-07; Electrical-hazards; Electrical-shock; Safety-practices; Maintenance-workers; Machinists; Factory-workers; Accident-analysis
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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