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Sheet metal worker electrocuted after contacting 277 volts while replacing an overhead light fixture.

New Jersey Department of Health
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, FACE 93NJ126, 1994 Sep; :1-4
On December 22, 1993, a 27 year-old male sheet metal worker was electrocuted as he was apparently trying to repair an overhead light fixture. The victim had accidentally damaged the fixture several days earlier while repairing the ventilation ductwork above the light. On the day of the incident, the victim and a co-worker were measuring another area of the plant for new ductwork. After completing the measurements, the victim and co-worker went into the room with the damaged light and set up a small personnel lift. The victim was on the lift apparently trying to remove a nut from an electrical junction box in the ceiling when he contacted 277 volts from the energized circuit. NJDOH FACE investigators concluded that, in order to prevent similar incidents in the future, the following safety guidelines should be followed: 1. Employers should develop and implement a written electrical safety program. 2. Employers and employees should ensure that all electrical circuits are de-energized and tested before working on or near them. 3. Employers should develop and implement an electrical lock-out, tag-out procedure for de-energizing circuits.
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-93NJ126; 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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