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Arc Flash in FL Injures Electrician

December 16, 2011 Leave a comment

NAPLES, FL — An electrician is being treated at the hospital after suffering extensive burns during an electrical explosion at a Naples resort.  The explosion was most likely the result of an arc flash.

The Naples Daily News reports 24 hotel guests and 20 employees were evacuated from the Naples Bay Resort Thursday morning.

Fire rescue says the electrician was working in the second floor meter room when an electrical fault occurred, producing a fireball that severely burned his face and right side of his body. He was treated at the scene by firefighters before being taken to the hospital.

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Power Line Shocks Electrical Worker in AK

December 16, 2011 Leave a comment

Fairhope, AK – Fairhope officials say Greg McCoy, and employee with the city of Fairhope Electrical Department, was injured.

They say it was the result of a shock caused by electrical contact. McCoy was performing work on a power line located on South Section Street at Morphy Avenue when the accident occurred.

He was taken to USA Medical Center in Mobile by Life-Flight helicopter.
Scott Sligh, Superintendent of the Electric Department, stated that Mr. McCoy was wearing all required safety equipment at the time. He also said the exact circumstances that led to the accident are under investigation.

Sligh said that Mr. McCoy was in an elevated aerial lift working on the power line when the electrical contact occurred and credits other electric department employees with saving McCoy.

Benjamin Patterson and Douglas Brown, employed with the electric department, were present at the work site and brought Mr. McCoy down safely, sought medical treatment, and are credited with saving his life.

A power outage occurred as a result of the accident, affecting wide-spread areas of Fairhope, but electrical service has been restored.


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2 Electricians Shocked Working on Panel in MA

December 15, 2011 Leave a comment

Norton, MA – Earlier today, fire and rescue officials were deployed to Horizon Beverage facility, located at 45 Commerce Way, Norton, for two electricians who were injured by an electrical shock.

Both men, who were working on an electrical panel, were taken to area hospitals for treatment of electrical burns.

According to reports by Sun Chronicle, fire captain Shawn Simmons said that one worker suffered  second-degree burns to his face and another suffered minor burns. The victims were subcontractors at the site  and  were not employees of Horizon Beverage, Simmons said.

One worker has since been treated and released; the other remains hospitalized.

The exact cause of the accident is under investigation.

“Our thoughts are with the injured men and their families,” said vice president of operations Michael Epstein.

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2 Firefighters Shocked Responding to Fire in MA

December 13, 2011 Leave a comment
BOSTON, MA Four Boston firefighters were hospitalized after battling a fire Saturday night in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood.
The fire at 25 Peterborough St. broke out in an apartment on the first floor about 8:15 p.m., sending the residents of the 30 units in the building to the street. 100 residents were forced to find other places to live.
Two firefighters went to the hospital after being shocked by electric lines; two others suffered chest pains.

 Fire officials believe the fire was started by an electrical short circuit. Damage to the building was estimated at $200,000.

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Contract Worker Injured at Boeing in WA – Probable Arc Flash

December 13, 2011 Leave a comment
EVERETT, WA — A Boeing contract worker was hospitalized Monday after being burned in an industrial accident at the Everett plant, officials said.

The worker was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Boeing officials declined to provide details about the worker or the severity of the injuries.

The incident was reported to 911 just after 11 a.m., Everett city spokeswoman Kate Reardon said. A caller told dispatchers there was what sounded like an explosion and possible fire.

The injured person was a Sequoyah Electric employee, Boeing officials said. The incident remains under investigation.

No further details were released.

Note from blogger – Being that there was a loud noise and the worker was burned, it is very likely the accident was from an electrical arc flash.
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Arc Flash in CT Grocery Store Injures Worker

December 13, 2011 Leave a comment

Old Lyme, CT – Fire officials say a man received an electric shock at the Big Y World Class Market on Route 1 Thursday afternoon and was transported to the Shoreline Medical Center to meet a Life Star helicopter.

The man was shocked around 2:10 this afternoon and suffered severe burns to his hands and face, Old Lyme Fire Marshal David Roberge said.

The man was conscious but it appears to be fairly serious, he said.

Roberge said the man, in his 40s, is a Big Y employee and was working upstairs in an electrical room. Roberge said the man was working on a refrigeration system electrical panel when he experienced an arc flash. An arc flash is a high flash of energy, Roberge said.

The man was transported to the Shoreline Medical Center before he was flown to Bridgeport Hospital, Roberge said.

A call to the Big Y corporate office was not returned.

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Faulty Electrical Outlet Burns Down Home in NJ

December 7, 2011 Leave a comment

NJ – Thanksgiving Day fire at a home on Institute Street in Freehold Borough has been ruled accidental and electrical in nature by Monmouth County Fire Marshal Hank Stryker III.

Stryker said the cause of the fire appeared to be an electrical outlet on the side of the exterior porch of the home.

The home was deemed uninhabitable following the afternoon blaze. No residents, firefighters or other emergency personnel were injured at the scene.

Stryker said the family that lives in the house— a mother, father and three children — had been evacuated by the time firefighters arrived at the scene at 1 p.m.

The Thanksgiving holiday turned out not to be a day off for the firefighters who answered the call for help, but when Freehold Fire Chief Ryan Bailey was asked how firefighters react to having to leave their family on a holiday, he said, “It’s what we do.”

“We’re used to it,” he said. “It doesn’t matter if it is 1 p.m. on Thanksgiving or 3 a.m. on aMonday, or any other time, it’s all the same to us. You never know when that call is coming in.”

The chief said that for firefighters who have been doing this for a long time, it has become a part of their lives. Bailey said someone who is considering joining the fire department has to think about things like being called away from one’s family on a holiday.

“When you join up, you really have to ask yourself if you are an unselfish person,” he said.

All four companies from the Freehold Fire Department responded to the fire. Responders also came from the East Freehold Fire Company of Freehold Township, the Freehold Township Independent Fire Co. No. 1 and the Adelphia Fire Company of Howell.

Bailey said the fire was under control within 45 minutes. He said thick black smoke rising into the sky from the home on fire was visible for miles and came from the home’s vinyl siding burning.

“Vinyl siding is petroleum based and that is what causes the black smoke,” he said.

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