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Self-employed Massachusetts electrician dies during electrical connection of equipment.

Massachusetts 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 93MA009, 1994 Apr; :1-4
On Monday, June 21, 1993 a 32 year old, male, self-employed electrician was electrocuted while connecting a hydraulic press brake at a Massachusetts manufacturer of steel toxic waste containers. Apparently believing that the circuit was de-energized, as he had left it before his break, the victim cut through the taped end of a cable with insulated wire shears. The victim became energized and yelled to his father who was working with him to shut off the breaker. The victim's father turned the breaker off, and the victim collapsed to the floor. Emergency medical services responded within minutes and transported the victim to a regional hospital, where he was officially pronounced dead less than one hour later. To prevent similar future occurrences, the Massachusetts FACE Project recommends that electrical contractors: 1. Ensure that lockout and tagout procedures are followed when servicing machines and equipment or working on electrical circuitry. 2. Develop written safety rules and procedures to protect their employees and themselves on the job, including but not limited to lockout tagout procedures. In addition, employers should: 3. Ensure that lockout tagout procedures are followed by electrical contractors performing repair or maintenance work on their premises.
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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FACE-93MA009; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-108704
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Massachusetts Department of Health
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