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Factory worker electrocuted after contacting 480 volts while attempting to reset a relay in an electrical cabinet.

New Jersey Department of Health
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 91NJ006, 1991 Jul; :1-3
On April 8, 1991, a 50-year-old factory worker was fatally electrocuted after falling onto the exposed conductors in an energized 480 volt electrical cabinet. The incident occurred at a plastic bottle manufacturing plant after an automated pallet conveyor system stopped during a power overload. Attempting to reset the system, the worker opened an electrical cabinet and reached in to reset an opened relay. He was electrocuted when he apparently fell and contacted the energized terminals of the relays and breakers within the cabinet. NJDOH FACE investigators concluded that, in order to prevent similar incidents in the future, the following safety guidelines should be followed: 1. All electrical cabinets should be securely locked and equipped with a safety interlock system that de-energizes the contents of the cabinet when the doors are opened. 2. Develop, implement, and enforce a comprehensive safety program which includes worker training in avoiding electrical and other safety hazards 3. All electrical cabinets should be posted with signs identifying them as containing high voltage.
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-91NJ006; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-207088
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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New Jersey Department of Health
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