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Plumber electrocuted while working in a crawlspace 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 92CA003, 1993 Apr; :1-3
A 56-year-old black male plumber (victim) was electrocuted while doing plumbing repair work underneath a residential home. The victim had been hired by a general contractor to do plumbing repair work at this residence. The contractor had hired the victim on other occasions to do plumbing work for him. The victim was discovered by the contractor at 12:30 pm on Friday April 3, 1992. The contractor stated that the victim was unresponsive when he called to him and that he was located in a crawl space beneath a house. The contractor called 911, and fire department personnel responded and removed the victim from under the house. The California FACE investigator concluded that in order to prevent future similar occurrences, employers should: 1. develop a written and documented safety plan so that employees are not exposed to hazardous or unsafe conditions. 2. conduct initial jobsite surveys to identify all hazards associated with each specific jobsite, and develop specific methods of controlling the identified hazards. 3. inspect all handtools and extension cords on a regular basis.
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; Electrocutions; Plumbers; Plumbing
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-92CA003; 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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