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A car wash employee is electrocuted while working on equipment.

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
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 95CO054, 1996 Mar; :1-2
In September 1995, a 15-year-old white non-Hispanic male employee of an automated full-service car wash in Colorado was instructed to remove a defective motor from the car wash machine. This motor operated the spinning car washing wands and was powered by 460-volt electricity. The manager of the car wash disconnected the three wires supplying power to the motor, but power to the circuit was not de-energized. The teenager was then instructed to remove the motor. While he was doing this task, a car entered the system and the computer controlled equipment was activated. The metal conduit that contained the wires to the motor was energized. The employee's arm was contacting the conduit and he was electrocuted. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) investigator concluded that to prevent future similar occurrences, employers should: 1. Ensure that all power sources are deactivated before operators make adjustments or work on machinery. 2. Develop, implement, and enforce a comprehensive written safety program that includes a lock-out/tag out policy. 3. Allow only properly trained personnel to work on equipment.
Region-8; 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; Electric-properties; Electrical-hazards; Electrical-safety; Electrocutions; Training
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-95CO054; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-808518
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
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