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Turkey farmer dies from electrocution.

Minnesota Department of Health
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 92MN004, 1992 Oct; :1-5
A 72-year-old male turkey farmer (victim) died as a result of electrocution when he came into contact with energized turkey feeder equipment. He was working alone at the time of the incident in a 300-foot-long barn housing 3,000 to 4,000 birds. According to police and coroner reports, the equipment had been malfunctioning and power to it had been disconnected the night before the incident. It is unclear whether the victim was attempting to repair the equipment or merely performing usual daily duties and accidently made contact with an energized system component. A continuous mechanical ground or ground fault circuit interrupter was not in place as part of the electrical system that supplied power to the feeding equipment. Except for working boots, no personal protective equipment was used by the victim. MN FACE investigators concluded that, in order to prevent similar occurrences, the following guidelines should be followed: 1. establish and maintain effective grounding as part of any electrical system to prevent the presence of fault current that could energize non-current carrying parts and to comply with Article 250 of the National Electrical Code (NEC); 2. incorporate ground fault circuit interruption into electrical systems to protect workers against dangerous levels of fault current and to alert workers when a problem occurs within the system; 3. establish and implement preventive maintenance programs for electrical equipment and electrical systems and ensure the implementation of these programs, especially when these systems are in hostile environments as detailed in Article 547 of the NEC; and 4. extension cords constructed for special service or purposes should be constructed of components that are laboratory (UL, Factory Mutual, etc.) approved for such service and should be tested for continuity with the electrical system.
Region-5; 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; Personal-protection; Personal-protective-equipment; Farmers; Electric-properties; Electrical-equipment; Electrical-hazards; Electrical-properties; Electrical-safety; Electricity; Electrocutions; Agricultural-workers; Agricultural-machinery
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-92MN004; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-507283
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Minnesota Department of Health
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