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Massachusetts public utility electrician electrocuted during routine operations and maintenance.

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 94MA068, 1995 Oct; :1-4
On October 24, 1994, a 53 year-old municipal public utility electrician was electrocuted while performing triennial maintenance at a utility-owned electrical substation. Following the removal of a circuit breaker from its cabinet enclosure, the victim entered the enclosure, and came into contact with one of three live electrical conductors carrying 2,400 volts. Discovered by a co-worker, the victim was removed from the enclosure and administered CPR until emergency medical services responded and transported the victim to the regional hospital where he was officially pronounced dead less than one hour later. The Massachusetts FACE Program concluded that to prevent similar occurrences in the future, employers should: 1. Schedule maintenance activities, both as to tasks and timing, so that circuits may be isolated or shutdown. 2. Retrain all employees on safety hazards and proper procedures before they perform infrequent maintenance tasks on high-voltage equipment. 3. Control electrical hazards during equipment maintenance by de-energizing and testing, and/or by the use of appropriately rated personal protective equipment. 4. Develop, implement, and enforce a comprehensive safety program that includes standards and procedures for all employees at all skill levels.
Region-1; 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; Safety-programs; Electrical-hazards; Electrical-industry; Electrical-properties; Electrical-safety; Electrical-workers; Electricity; Electrocutions; Maintenance-workers
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-94MA068; 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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