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Electrical engineer dies after receiving burns from an electrical panel in California.

Public Health Institute
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 92CA002, 1993 Apr; :1-3
A 33 year-old male electrical engineer (victim) died from injuries sustained in an electrical fire, while trying to get the serial number from an electrical panel. The building where the incident occurred was being used as a movie production studio. The victim had come in for his final paycheck and was no longer employed by the production company at the time of the incident. He went to investigate a problem concerning an electrical panel which had caused a power outage and an employee injury one hour earlier that morning. During the incident co-workers heard screams and went to the location where the victim was located; however, no one witnessed the actual incident. When the co-workers arrived they found the victim on fire and screaming that he hadn't touched anything. The California FACE investigator concluded that, in order to prevent future similar occurrences, building owners and employers should: 1. install and maintain a sprinkler system and fire extinguishers should be located on site and in good working order. 2. conduct initial jobsite surveys to make sure the site is a safe place for all employees and subcontractors. 3. provide and implement a written and documented safety training plan for all employees and subcontractors. 4. develop and implement lockout/tagout procedures for all electrical panels. 5. train employees in CPR and First Aid so that if the paramedics or police do not arrive immediately, victims can be administered basic CPR & First Aid.
Region-9; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Work-operations; Work-analysis; Work-areas; Work-performance; Work-practices; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-measures; Safety-monitoring; Training; Electric-properties; Electrical-burns; Electrical-charge; Electrical-hazards; Electrical-properties; Electrical-safety; Electrical-systems; Electricity
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-92CA002; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-907284
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Public Health Institute
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