Insulation plant operator electrocuted while changing an electrode 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 92CA005, 1993 Apr; :1-3
A 26-year-old Hispanic male plant operator (victim) was electrocuted while changing an electrode on a smelter as a routine part of his job, overseeing the operations in the process of making insulation fibers for high temperature industrial furnaces. The procedure used for changing electrodes requires at least two employees, the first employee operated the power switch, while the second employee changed the electrode. The California FACE investigator concluded that, in order to prevent future similar occurrences, employers should: 1. install lockout/tagout procedures for all electrical equipment which employees work with or around. 2. have personnel trained in First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). 3. have well maintained personal protective equipment (PPE) for all employees to use when needed.
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