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Lifeguard electrocuted after contacting an energized pump motor housing.

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 94NJ090, 1995 Feb; :1-4
On June 14, 1994, a 20 year-old male lifeguard was electrocuted after entering the pump room of a swimming pool at an apartment complex. The victim had just checked in for work and had taken a brief swim before going into the pump room to begin his pool maintenance duties. As he apparently tried to adjust the chlorine pump, his leg contacted the metal pump housing that had been energized with 220 volts. He was shocked and cried out for help before falling unconscious in the pump room. Despite rescue efforts, he was pronounced dead 2 hours after the incident. An inspection of the pump found that faulty wiring and grounding allowed the pump housing to become energized. NJDOH FACE investigators concluded that, in order to prevent similar incidents in the future, these safety guidelines should be followed: 1. Employers should maintain all equipment in safe operating condition. 2. State agencies should require that all swimming pool electrical systems be fitted with ground fault circuit interruptors. 3. State agencies should require that all swimming pool electrical systems receive periodic electrical inspections. 4. Certified pool managers and lifeguards should be provided with training that includes discussions of electrical hazards. 5. Employers should ensure that electrical controls are located where they can be easily and safely operated.
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-94NJ090; 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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