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19 Year-old electrician's apprentice electrocuted in Maryland, June 18, 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 87-58, 1987 Aug; :1-4
While helping his supervisor install lights on a private dock, an electrician's apprentice made contact with an energized circuit and was electrocuted. The men were employed by an electrical contractor who had no written safety program and who provided only on the job training for new employees. The job called for installation of ten 110 volt lights on a private 250 foot pier and a 220 volt circuit from house to boat house at the end of the pier. All was finished except for installing five light fixtures and wiring them to the previously installed 110 volt system under the pier. One worker would wire fixtures to the 110 volt circuit while the other would screw them into the pier. The apprentice entered waist deep water and proceeded under the pier to start to work. The supervisor told him not to touch anything until the circuit was checked to see that it was off. While he went to check the circuit, the supervisor heard a loud moan. The victim's hands were on a wire stripper with which he had been trying to strip hot wire. The supervisor knocked his hands loose, jumped into the water, and pulled the victim out. No cardiopulmonary resuscitation was done, and the victim was pronounced dead when rescue personnel arrived about 20 minutes later. It is recommended that employers develop work procedures that address tasks performed and identify safety hazards with appropriate safety training, that employees be made aware of all hazards on a job, and that circuit testing be done before work is begun.
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