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Electrician electrocuted in Indiana, July 29, 1987.
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 87-68, 1987 Sep; :1-4
An electrician installing a heating/air conditioning duct system was electrocuted as he contacted a 110 volt conductor. He worked for a small company with no written safety program. Safety aspects of a job were discussed prior to the work. The victim and two coworkers were installing a heating/air conditioning system in a single story cottage. The victim was in a 30 inch high crawl space under the cottage installing the flexible galvanized duct system. The ground was damp. During part of his operation he was working almost directly under the two coworkers inside the cottage, in a space only about 18 inches high. The other workers were raising a trouble light that had been passed through a hole in the floor. The light caught on something and the coworkers called to the victim to dislodge it. They heard a noise and one went down to investigate. He felt a current when he touched the victim and told the other worker to disconnect main service. Resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful. The victim apparently touched one of several unguarded electrical connections and junction boxes in his immediate area. The cause of death was listed as asphyxiation due to aspiration of gastric contents, apparently resulting from prolonged contact with electrical energy. It is recommended that employers provide a comprehensive safety program addressing recognition of hazards and procedures to follow, and that residential wiring satisfy the requirements of the National Electric Code.
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