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32 Year-old electrician electrocuted in Georgia, August 12, 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 87-43, 1987 Jul; :1-5
While attempting to replace a socket on an energized fluorescent light fixture, a journeyman electrician was electrocuted. The employee was part of a 3000 person workforce at an automotive assembly facility with an extensive safety and health program. Two journeymen electricians were to replace bulbs and make needed repairs to fluorescent light fixtures in a 50 foot long spray paint booth. Several of the 6 foot long fixtures required new sockets and ballasts. The workers climbed on top of the spray booth and worked above the lighting fixtures. The area was full of pipes and ducts and had inadequate lighting. The electricians were aware that they were working on energized fixtures. Breakers within the control panel were not labeled and the lock used for lockout/tagout was inoperable. The men started working at opposite ends of the area. The coworker observed a small flash of light, but continued to work until he required equipment from the other end of the area. At that time he noted a problem and found that the victim had been electrocuted, apparently while stripping insulation from an improperly grounded 530 volt energized single strand wire on the secondary side of the ballast. It is recommended that accessible and properly labeled means of disconnecting energy to electrical circuits be provided and used, that workers be trained in safe work procedures such as deenergizing light fixtures, and that circuits which are deenergized must have a means to assure that they will not be inadvertently energized.
NIOSH-Author; Region-4; FACE-87-43; Electrical-shock; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Safety-practices; Safety-research; Electrical-workers; Automotive-industry; Factory-workers
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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