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MN Electrical Worker Killed while on Scissor Lift

November 28, 2011 Leave a comment

Nov 2, 2o11 – Sioux Falls, MN – Sioux Falls Police have released the name of a Minnesota electrical worker killed in a job site accident Tuesday morning.

Bruce Lynn Leibfried, 58, of Arko, Minn., was working on a scissor lift at the post office building on 4801 N. Fourth Avenue in Sioux Falls.

He came to work at about 7 a.m. and no one was nearby when the bucket of his crane was lodged between some tubing and a rafter in the ceiling, according to Det. Sean Kooistra of the Sioux Falls Police Department.

Sioux Falls Fire Rescue and Rural Metro ambulance responded to the call of an accident at about 8 a.m. Leibfried was dead at the scene.

Kooistra did not know which company Liebfried was working for.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is expected to conduct an investigation into the incident.

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Home Electrical Safety Check App Launched in UK

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A new study finds that millions of people in the UK expose themselves and their families to potentially fatal accidents in the home through simple electrical blunders because of an alarming lack of knowledge about the real danger of electricity.

Today, on the birthday of the National Grid, the Electrical Safety Council (ESC) is launching a free smartphone app to help people ensure their families and homes are safe. 

The research from ESC reveals a dangerous level of ignorance about the perils of electricity in UK households. In the past year, almost one million people have repaired an appliance while it is still plugged in; despite the fact this can result in a fatal or serious injury.

Other electrical ‘confessions’ included knowingly using faulty plugs or sockets (12.2 million people), ignoring burning smells coming from an appliance or socket (1.5 million people) and trailing cables near hot surfaces or cookers (2 million people). 

People are severely misjudging the risks involved with electricity.  At least one person dies each week from its everyday use, while 350,000 people are seriously injured annually[.

Yet those surveyed were as concerned about having an electrical accident as they were of being in a plane crash, or getting struck by lightning[iii]. In reality, on average, only one person in the UK is killed by lightning each year[iv] and no one has died in a commercial plane accident in 11 years[v]. 

Easy to prevent

Most electrical accidents can be prevented by a Residual Current Device (RCD), a life-saving device which prevents you from getting a fatal electric shock if you touch something live, such as a bare wire.

It works by cutting power if there is a surge. However, the ESC study shows a serious lack of knowledge of this vital safety device: 70% of people surveyed do not know what an RCD is and almost half of all UK homes (49%) don’t have adequate RCD protection.

In contrast, smoke alarms are owned by 88% of the population but nearly half[vi] (49%) of accidental housefires in the UK are caused by electricity.

Celebrity home improvers, Colin McAllister and Justin Ryan, want people to take charge of their electrical safety. Colin said: “We have seen plenty of dodgy wiring in our time but often it is the simple things that people could check themselves – such as a wire left near a hot surface or an overloaded socket – that can lead to a serious accident.

“We are urging everyone – including those looking to move into a new home – to download the free ESC app as a basic protection for themselves and their families.”

Free and impartial help

The new ESC app, which launches today, allows anyone – whether they live in the home or are looking to move into it – to do a quick, visual check, to ensure its electrically safety. Designed to be as easy-to-use as possible, the app highlights potential dangers in each room and explains how to resolve simple, non-technical problems.

Where more serious issues are flagged, people are advised to use a registered electrician. The app is available for iPhone and Android phones – just go to the App Store or Android Market, search for ‘Home Electrical Safety Check’ then follow the instructions to download.

Director General of the ESC, Phil Buckle, said: “Electricity has become vital to our lives since the formation of the National Grid, 76 years ago.

“Yet even though we are using more electrical products than ever before, there is a worrying gap between the public’s perception of electrical danger and the reality, with people making simple yet potentially fatal errors that can be easily prevented.

“The ESC’s Home Electrical Safety Check app was designed to bridge that gap. We wanted to create something which people would find effortless but essential.

“It can be used any time in your home. It can also be used as a basic tool when viewing accommodation, whether you are planning to buy or rent.

“Landlords too, should find it useful, as it will allow them to review their properties to ensure tenant safety.”

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2 Delaware City Employees Suffer Arc Flash Accident

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DOVER, Del.- Dover officials say two city employees suffered electric flash-related injuries (arc flash) Thursday while working on equipment as part of the city’s reconstruction program.

The incident occurred shortly after 8 a.m. Independence Boulevard near the Route 8 intersection. Dave Hiser, 27, and Dave Boyd, 41, were both transported to Kent General Hospital for burns, where Hiser is listed in stable condition. Boyd was transferred to Crozer Medical Center where he is listed in critical condition.

“I cannot convey the way this makes all of us feel,” said City Manager Scott Koenig. “Any accident of this nature is very serious and hits home when it is part of the City of Dover family.  Please keep these members of our staff and their families in your thoughts and prayers.” 

The incident remains under investigation.

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RCD Promoted to Curb Electrical Accidents at Homes in UK

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Buckinghamshire, UK – Young carers from Milton Keynes recently had the chance to visit Hazard Alley Safety Centre and learn how to stay safe from Electrical Fires, thanks to The Electrical Safety Council (ESC) funding.

Electricity is now the cause of half of all accidental fires in UK homes. At least one person dies every week in the UK and 350,000 are seriously injured every year. The ESC grant will go towards educating Milton Keynes young carers about the common causes of electrical accidents and how to protect themselves and their homes.

The Centre, based on Kiln Farm, Milton Keynes is an indoor, interactive educational facility which delivers safety messages in an experiential way. It houses a small “town” with life-sized scenarios including a road, houses, a garage, a lake and a building site. Children have an exciting experience whilst learning important safety messages

Many electrical accidents can be prevented by a Residual Current Device (RCD), a device that protects against fatal electric shock and reduces the risk of electrical fires. An RCD can either be installed in a fusebox or bought from about £10 for a local DIY or garden centre – However, more than half of us – that’s 13 million homes – don’t have one . Hazard Alley Safety Centre will help educate young carers about the importance of RCDs.

The funding from the ESC has allowed the Safety Centre to offer a specially adapted tour to Young Carers in Milton Keynes free of charge – Sarah Paynes, a young carers support worker from Carers Milton Keynes said ” Young carers are very often the responsible person in the home when looking after someone who is ill or disabled and it is very important that they receive this education around safety in the home. We are very grateful to the Safety Centre for providing us with this opportunity and know that the children who attended had a fantastic time. They were very excited about the visit !” ”

Lorraine Carney, Senior Campaigns Manager at the Electrical Safety Council (ESC) said: “Our primary objective is to help people stay safer around electricity. So we are delighted to work with the Hazard Alley Safety Centre to support their innovative scheme. According to government statistics, almost half of all accidental fires in UK homes – that’s over 20,000 each year – are caused by electricity, so it’s vital that people are made aware of where electrical dangers may arise in their homes and understand how to prevent an electrical-related accident happening.”

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Electrical Control Panel Crushes Worker in Wales

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Ebbw Vale, Wales – Nov 25, 2011 – A family could seek personal injury compensation after a man died in a fatal accident at work.

Gareth Young passed away in August 2009 when an electrical control cabinet weighing around half a tonne fell on top of him while he worked for Moulded Paper at an industrial estate in Ebbw Vale.

The 60-year-old was crushed by the object as he attempted to remove sheet metal from it for re-use and apparently did not know it was unsecured as it lent against a wall at the premises.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that IMCO Limited – trading as Moulded Paper – had not taken sufficient precautions to ensure the health and safety of its employees.

Trevor Hay, inspector of the HSE, observed: “A competent risk assessment would have revealed the instability of the electrical control cabinet that fell on Mr Young.”

Recently, Terence Gardiner died when his neck was crushed in a piece of machinery while working for HG Gladwell and Sons near Ipswich.

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Electrical Safety Advised for Holiday Decorations

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill., Nov. 21, 2011 – Thanksgiving weekend for millions is when the boxes of lights come out and the decorating begins. Unfortunately, every year people are hurt in decorating accidents. The U.S. Consumer and Product Safety Commission reports that during the two months surrounding the holiday season, more than 14,000 people are treated in hospital emergency rooms due to injuries related to holiday decorating.

Keep your holiday season safe and bright, and learn from the tragic experience of Shawn Miller who was helping his mother light her yard for the holidays.

“I was just hanging Christmas lights at my mom’s house like I do every year,” Miller said. “Only this time, I was decorating a new area – the trees that lined the front of the yard.” As he tossed lights up into the trees, 7200 volts of electricity entered his body, traveling from the overhead power lines through his strand of lights. He suffered 27 exit wounds and the loss of his left hand, among other injuries.

“Please take note of your surroundings before decorating outside,” Miller urges, “especially power lines and the service connection to your home. Make sure to keep yourself, ladders, and lights far away from them. I’m lucky to be alive. I want everyone to be careful – be aware of power lines.”

“Shawn Miller has a lot to teach us about electrical safety, and we are grateful he has shared his story,” says Molly Hall, executive director of the Safe Electricity program.

“Had I known more before this happened, I might still have two hands and the job I loved,” Miller said. “I want to help people learn from what has happened to me. Safe Electricity is helping me help others.”

Hall encourages people to visit to see the video of Miller’s story, as well as a checklist of safety tips when decorating outdoors and inside.

Safe Electricity is the award-winning program of the Energy Education Council, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to promoting electrical safety and that also provides information on energy efficiency and renewable resources. Energy Education Council members include more than 400 utilities in 26 states as well as energy-related organizations and educators.

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Electrical Outlet Malfunction Burns GA Home Down

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Norcross, GA – Firefighters say they found a two-story home up in flames around 4 a.m. in an unincorporated area of Norcross. Two parents and three teenagers were displaced in the fire and the family dog is still missing. The fire has been ruled an accident, the result of a electrical malfunction with a garage wall outlet and a power strip, according to fire investigators. 

Firefighters found smoke and heavy fire coming from the garage when they pulled into the home on the 6300 block of Delnorte Court, said Lt. Eric Eberly of the Gwinnett County Fire Dept. in a release. 

“Firefighters made an offensive attack to battle the blaze and to search for victims,” said Eberly. “The quick actions from firefighters kept the blaze from spreading to nearby homes.” Neighbors were temporarily evacuated in case the fire did spread. 

No injuries were reported in the fire, according to the fire department release. The damage to the home was described heavy around the garage area and moderate in other parts of the house. 

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