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Electrician electrocuted when he contacted an energized wire in Virginia, July 7, 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 88-37, 1988 Nov; :1-5
The case of a 31 year old male electrician who was electrocuted when he contacted an energized wire as he was attempting to install a flood light on a new residential home was examined. The victim was employed by a multistate electrical contractor who had a written safety program and whose worksite foreman conduct weekly tailgate safety meetings with all workers. The victim had worked for 2 years as a journeyman electrician and had been with this company 4 months. The victim had climbed to about 18 feet on an aluminum extension ladder and began removing the insulation from the standard house wiring using insulated wire strippers. His right thumb and right index finger contacted the uninsulated part of the wire stripper. The 110 volt circuit had not been deenergized at the panel box. The cause of death was listed as electrical injury. It is not known whether the victim or foreman realized that the circuit was energized; however, they should have made sure to deenergize and place the circuit in a lock out position before beginning the job. The panel box containing the circuit breakers to deenergize the circuits was not labeled. Portable metal ladders should not be used for electrical work or for any job during which they may contact electrical conductors. In this case it did not contact the energized circuit, but it did provide a path to ground for the current.
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