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22 Year-old electrical worker killed at a North Carolina construction site, July 30, 1985.
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 85-36, 1985 Aug; :1-5
On July 30, 1985, a 22 year old employee of an electrical contractor was electrocuted while working on a 7200 volt transformer conversion at a townhouse complex under construction. The employer was an electrical contracting firm that was contracted for this job by the local utility. The electrical contractor employed about 150 workers. On the day of the accident, the victim was at a townhouse development wiring an energized 7200-240/120 volt single phase, step down transformer. The employee had been with the company for 9 months and had no prior electrical experience. The employee made the two hot terminal connections to the transformer spade lugs and then permanently secured two neutral connections and loosely assembled a third connection. Terminal connectors were not covered with rubber insulating boots. The employee apparently slipped into a trench, and fell into the transformer. He apparently had contact with a terminal and the transformer box. The area was muddy and slippery. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital. It is recommended that employees should not perform tasks near energized electrical equipment unless adequate work areas are provided, that employees should make use of terminal boots and rubber blankets to provide insulation while working near energized terminals, that employers should hold supervisory personnel accountable for job site safety, and that employees should be assigned tasks commensurate with their experience, training and skills.
NIOSH-Author; Region-4; FACE-85-36; Electrical-hazards; Electrical-shock; Accident-analysis; Safety-practices; Construction-industry
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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