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Electrician's helper electrocuted after contacting 480 volt bus wires for an overhead crane.

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 91NJ009, 1991 Oct; :1-5
On June 17, 1991, a 21-year-old electrician's helper was electrocuted after contacting the exposed 480 volt bus wires that supply power to a movable overhead crane. The incident occurred while the worker was running cables for surveillance cameras at a factory which produces foundry equipment. While a co-worker was passing the coaxial cables over an I-beam supporting the bus wires, the victim contacted the energized wires and was electrocuted, NJDOH FACE investigators concluded that, in order to prevent similar incidents in the future, the following safety guidelines should be followed: 1. Employers must insure that employees de-energize electrical systems prior to any work being performed near them. Employers should also insure that employees implement lockout/tagout procedures and test the system to verify that it has been de-energized before beginning work. 2. Employers should provide and enforce the use of personal protective equipment to protect employees from electrical hazards. Guarding and shielding should also be used to prevent contact with energized conductors. 3. Employers should develop, implement, and enforce a comprehensive safety program which includes worker training in avoiding electrical and other safety hazards. 4. Employers of electrical workers should insure that all workers are trained in basic cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-practices; Safety-measures; Traumatic-injuries; Region-2; Work-practices; Training; Electric-properties; Electrical-conductivity; Electrical-hazards; Electrical-safety; Electrical-systems; Electricity; Electrocutions; Safety-programs; Occupational-safety-programs; Occupational-accidents; Occupational-hazards
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-91NJ009; 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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