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Maintenance worker electrocuted while at work on top of a water tank 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 93CA008, 1994 Apr; :1-3
A 46-year-old Caucasian male maintenance worker (the victim) was electrocuted while at work on the top of a water tank. The victim worked for a non-profit organization which provided day training for mentally disabled adults. The victim's supervisor stated that on the morning of the incident, he (supervisor) had informed the victim that the water tank was leaking. They both had agreed that an outside contractor should be contacted to make the necessary repairs. After their conversation the victim went back to the water tank area to inspect it. At some point the victim made contact with the electrical conduit which supplied electricity to the water tank pump and was electrocuted. A coworker later found the victim lying on top of the electrical conduit in a wet grassy area in front of the water tank. Paramedics were called to the scene and the victim was taken to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead. The CA/FACE investigator concluded that, in order to prevent future similar occurrences, employers should: 1. evaluate their current safety program and incorporate specific training procedures emphasizing the importance of controlling hazards in the workplace. These procedures should include, but not be limited to, conducting hazard evaluations before initiating work at a job site and implementing appropriate controls; and 2. provide a lockout/tagout system for all electrical maintenance work.
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; Safety-programs; Training; Occupational-hazards; Electric-properties; Electrical-conductivity; Electrical-hazards; Electrical-safety; Electrical-systems; Electricity; Electrocutions
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