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Painter is electrocuted in South Carolina, September 9, 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 88-02, 1988 Jul; :1-6
The case of a 49 year old male painter who was electrocuted when he contacted a fluorescent light fixture was evaluated. The victim was employed by a large textile company that employed 10,000 people. The company had a formal safety program with training provided for all employees. On the day of the accident the victim and a coworker were painting steel I-beams located 12 feet above the floor. To reach the beam, the victim was standing at about the 8 foot level of a 10 foot wooden ladder, leaning across a conduit and one of the fluorescent light fixtures suspended from the ceiling. His right arm was in contact with other pipes and conduits. The cable that supplied power for the light was not secured with a box connection and as he leaned across the light an energized conductor within the fixture contacted and energized the housing. The victim was electrocuted when current passed from the housing through his chest and out through his right arm. Examination of the light fixture revealed that the ground wire was disconnected. It was presumed that the ground wire had not been reconnected when the ballast was last replaced. It was recommended that electrical equipment should always be installed and maintained in accordance with the National Electrical Code. Employees responsible for electrical work should be trained in the requirements of the Code. Periodic reevaluations of job safety analysis for each position should be performed to ensure that hazards and potential hazards for each task are addressed adequately.
NIOSH-Author; Region-4; FACE-88-02; Accident-analysis; Work-practices; Safety-research; Electrical-hazards; Electrical-workers; Maintenance-workers
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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