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Maintenance worker electrocuted in North Carolina, March 9, 1988.

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 88-21, 1988 Sep; :1-5
The case of a 20 year old male maintenance worker trainee who died when he contacted an energized conductor in an uncovered electrical junction box was examined. The victim's employer was a textile manufacturer producing synthetic fibers. The company has a safety manual that all workers are required to read; the manual contained no task specific rules or procedures. The victim was to replace a 4 inch flexible plastic suction hose on a texturing machine. Electrical power to the machine was disconnected. The cover on the electrical junction box for the machine had been removed the previous night, and not replaced. The victim climbed a 3 foot tall metal utility buggy and replaced the hose. After replacing the hose the victim leaned down and told the operator to turn the machine on so that he could check the new hose for leaks. When the operator turned on the machine, the victim's left hand was in contact with one of the conductors within the uncovered junction box and his stomach was in contact with the metal frame of the texturing machine. Cause of death was listed as electrocution. It is recommended that the employer prepare a written, step by step hazardous energy control (lockout/tagout) procedure and ensure that workers use it while performing maintenance on or otherwise servicing energized equipment, and that all companies should have active safety training programs stressing hazards posed by electrical equipment. Existing safety features must not be bypassed for convenience.
NIOSH-Author; FACE-88-21; Region-4; Accident-analysis; Work-practices; Safety-research; Maintenance-workers; Textiles-industry; Electrical-hazards; Electrical-shock
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