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Electrical helper electrocuted after contacting 460 volts while servicing 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 95NJ080, 1996 Mar; :1-4
On August 1, 1995, a 36-year-old electrician's helper was electrocuted after cutting an electrical wire carrying 460 volts. The incident occurred in a retail store fitting room where the victim and a co-worker were replacing the overhead florescent light tubes and ballast transformers. The victim had set up a fiberglass ladder in a fitting room and was standing on it as he cut a wire with an insulated wire cutter. As he cut the live wire, he contacted the energized metal cutter while leaning against the grounded metal fitting room door frame. A co-worker saw the victim being shocked and broke the contact by clipping the wire, at which time the victim collapsed against the door frame. NJDOH FACE investigators concluded that, in order to prevent similar incidents in the future, these safety guidelines should be followed: 1. Employers should ensure that company lock-out/tag-out procedures are strictly enforced. 2. Only properly trained and authorized employees should be permitted to work on live electrical circuits. 3. All electrical workers should be trained in electrical rescue techniques and cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-95NJ080; 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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