Plumber is electrocuted when he contacts the frayed wires of his work light in California.
NIOSH 1997 Jan; :1-4
A 40-year old male plumber (victim) died after laying on his work light while installing plumbing under a house being remodeled. The victim was crawling under the house carrying the work light with him. The electrical wire inside the work light's conduit became bare and energized the light's housing. The victim owned his own company and he was the only employee. Training records were not available. The CA/FACE investigator concluded that, in order to prevent future occurrences, employers should: 1. Use a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) when using cord and plug tools or equipment. 2. Use battery or low voltage operated work lights whenever possible. 3. Relocate ground wires when they must be disconnected from plumbing or assure grounds are properly connected. 4. Institute a cord and plug assured grounding conductor program.
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; Protective-measures; Protective-equipment; Training; Electric-properties; Electrical-conductivity; Electrical-hazards; Electrical-safety; Electrical-systems; Electricity; Electrocutions; Plumbers; Plumbing; Construction-workers; Construction-industry; Construction-equipment; Construction
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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