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FL: Electrical Fire Sends Workers to Hospital

February 26, 2014 Leave a comment

Jacksonville, FL: Jacksonville Fire Rescue Department and the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office responded to reports of an explosion at the Advanced Disposal Tuesday.

Police and fire crews responded to Advance Disposal at 9798 Normandy Boulevard in the Normandy Estates area of the Westside around 8 a.m. Tuesday following reports of an explosion and small fire.

At least two men in their 20s were injured in the blast.  A 29-year-old victim was air lifted to UF Health Jacksonville initially, according to Tom Francis with JFRD. He was later air lifted with critical injuries to UF Health Shands Hospital burn unit, according to JSO Sgt. Jay Farhat. The 29-year-old was injured when his clothes caught on fire after being shocked.

According to a release from Advanced Disposal, staff extinguished the fire with a fire extinguisher and called 911.

A 26-year-old victim suffered minor injuries, including having his hair singed, and was not transported to the hospital.

The victims are both employees of Pilot Electrical Construction Co and were working on a wall panel they thought was turned off.

JFRD is continuing its investigation of the incident.

First Coast News has been looking into Pilot Electrical Construction Company’s history. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports, company work sites have been inspected three times since the early ’80s, twice as routine and once in response to a complaint.

OSHA records show the violations were “serious,” a level below the more serious “willful” or “repeated” violations.

Violation codes ranged from failure to distribute Material Safety Data Sheets to employees to the presence of work site debris.

OSHA has opened an investigation into today’s incident. They have six months from today to issue a citation should they chose to do so.

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PA: Arc Flash Victim Recovering

February 18, 2013 Leave a comment

Bensalem, PA:  A man critically burned last month in an electrical explosion at a Bensalem carpet business is recovering at Temple University’s Burn Center.

Bensalem Battalion Chief Rob Sponheimer is not releasing the man’s name, but said he was burned over 60 percent of his body in the Jan. 17 fire at Adams Carpet, off Street Road near Hulmeville Road.

An employee of the carpet business was also burned, but not as severely, as he helped to put the flames out on the contractor with a fire extinguisher.

Sponheimer said the contractor was working inside a three-phase electrical panel when one of his tools came in contact with the back of the panel, causing an arc-flash.

The arc-flash ignited the contractor’s clothing and hair.

“These types of arc-flashes can reach temperatures above 5,000 degrees, have a great amount of energy associated with them and have a blinding flash and deafening noise,” Sponheimer said.

An arc-flash occurs when electrical insulation or isolation between conductors is broken or can no longer withstand the applied voltage, according to The National Fire Protection Association.

Sponheimer did not say if the carpet store employee was still hospitalized.

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Electrical Safety on Construction Sites

January 2, 2013 Leave a comment

Construction business owners know that having healthy and hard-working employees is the key to running a successful operation. No matter what the construction project at hand, there are often many types of electrical equipment being used on a daily basis, which means worker safety is more important than ever. Your construction team is invaluable to your company, and enacting proper training and safety protocols are the keys to preventing injury and maintaining highly productive workers.

Electrical Hazards on Construction Sites

The statistics are shocking

Many fatal accidents occur from careless mistakes but are very easily preventable. Common injuries occurring from electrical related accidents include blisters, burns, heart failure, nerve or tissue damage, and internal organ damage.

According to the National Institution of Health, several thousand people are injured and up to 1,000 people die from electric shocks while on the job. The U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) reports that electrocution is the second leading cause of worker fatalities on construction sites. Also, OSHA standards regarding electrical wiring and systems are ranked in the top 10 most frequent citations.

OSHA Construction eTool: Electrical Incidents

Common reasons for electric-related injuries

  • Improper installation of extension and flexible cords
  • Lacking ground-fault protection
  • Making contact with power lines
  • Outdated or misuse of equipment

Prevention is key

Preventing your employees from getting injured is a task that every business owner should prioritize, especially in a construction environment where safety accidents can lead to severe injuries or worse. Many companies run training programs on how to test circuits, make sure that wires are not exposed, proper methods of carrying power tools, and avoiding using aluminum ladders or tools around high-voltage areas. Following guidelines can significantly reduce the number of accidents on the job and maintain a safe work environment.

Endangering the health and safety of your workers is a risk you should never take. In the end, your employees will thank you for ensuring that their safety and well-being is a priority for your construction business.

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OH: Arc Flash at Momentive Performance Materials

November 26, 2012 Leave a comment

Hebron, OH: An explosion at a factory sent one person with burns to the hospital Tuesday.  The incident was reported just after 3 p.m. at Momentive Performance Materials, 611 O’Neill Drive SE, Hebron.

The man who suffered burns to his hands and face was flown by medical helicopter to the Ohio State University Medical Center’s burn center.  The man’s name and age were not available.  The electrical flash fire was caused by an electric arc flash from an electrical panel, according to a written statement from Momentive Performance Materials Inc. According to safety material from General Electric, arcs are violent events caused by electricity using the air as a path instead of conductive material.  There were no other injuries, and the fire was contained to the immediate area of the electrical panel.

It was unclear what caused the lighting panel to arc, Hebron Fire Chief Randy Weekly said. The man who was taken to the hospital was in the area of the panel that arced, Weekly said.  Hebron, Heath, Buckeye Lake, West Licking and Granville Township fire departments responded to the scene.  Weekly cleared employees for return to the building at 4:30 p.m. The company will investigate the incident.

In April 8, 2011, The Advocate reported Momentive was breaking ground on a $5.4 million expansion of the manufacturing facility in the Newark Industrial Park off Ohio 79 in Hebron.  The 8,600-square-foot expansion was to add 10 jobs to the local plant, increasing the work force from about 80 in 2009 ago to 255. It was to and allow for a 30 percent increase in production capacity for the company’s largest-diameter fused quartz tubing.  The expansion allowed the company to meet increased demand for its high-purity specialty-fused quartz materials, used by the semiconductor industry in the production of computer chips.  Momentive, previously based in Albany, N.Y., merged with Columbus-based Hexion Specialty Chemicals, a $5.2 billion company, in October 2011. The new company has 3,600 patents and 20,000 customers.

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TX: Big Tex BBQ’d from Electrical Fire

October 22, 2012 Leave a comment

Dallas, TX: Big Tex, the beloved 52-foot-tall cowboy who’s watched over the State Fair of Texas for decades, caught on fire Friday morning and was quickly burnt to a crisp.  He was 60.

Big Tex is toast. The tallest talking Texan will no longer say “Hoooowwwdeee, fooolllllks!” at this year’s fair, which ends Sunday. But State Fair officials say the icon will be rebuilt in time for next year.

Hundreds gathered in Big Tex Circle to watch the big guy go up in flames. Many stood in tears. Others snapped pictures with their smartphones, spreading the news online as quickly as the fire spread up Big Tex. They reminisced about the good-lookin’ folksy fair mascot who first arrived at Fair Park in 1952.

No one was injured.  State Fair officials say the electrical fire was caused by an electrical short that started in his right boot. Flames and smoke shot up his body, which acted as a chimney, said Sue Gooding, a State Fair spokeswoman.

Gooding happened to walk by Big Tex when the fire started around 10:15 a.m. She spotted white smoke emerging from his collar.

“I didn’t know Big Tex smoked,” a fairgoer was overheard saying.

He doesn’t. Firefighters were sent to Fair Park by an unusual report from a Dallas Fire-Rescue dispatcher over the radio: “Got a rather tall cowboy with all his clothes burned off.”

“Big Tex was done in about 10 minutes,” said Allen Ferrell, who was visiting the fair with a church group from North Richland Hills.

The fire consumed Big Tex’s 75-gallon hat. It ate off his fiberglass face, which once flashed perfectly straight teeth. It burned through his boots, his five-pocket denim jeans and his 23-foot-long belt.

All that remained were his charred three-ton steel skeleton and his hands, sleeves, belt buckle and bits of burnt clothing.

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WV: Arc Flash Injures Employee

October 8, 2012 Leave a comment

Huntington, WV:  A Huntington city employee received burns Tuesday afternoon from an electrical shock at the floodwall pumping station at the mouth of Four Pole Creek.

Cabell County 911 received word of the incident at 12:55 p.m. A neighbor reported hearing a big bang, and initial reports indicated there had been an explosion.

Crews later revised that report, saying that an electrical incident occurred. The explosion-like sound was linked to electrical arc flash inside of the pump station, according to Huntington Deputy Fire Chief Brian Grieco and Cabell County Emergency Medical Service Director Gordon Merry.

Floodwall Superintendent Steve Riggs said the injured employee was working with two colleagues inside of the pump station at the time.

The unidentified worker received electrical, or flash, burns to his face and hands, Riggs said. He was conscious and walking at the scene.

Riggs explained the building houses electrical equipment and an oil breaker. The facility helps officials control water levels on Four Pole Creek in times of high water.

Mayor Kim Wolfe was among those who visited the hospital to check on the employee’s condition. Wolfe could not be reached for comment.

David Hagley, the city’s public service director, said he did not know exactly what occurred and could not comment until an investigation had been completed.

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MD: Arc Flash Burns Contractor

October 8, 2012 Leave a comment

Landover, MD: A contractor was severely burned while repairing a Landover warehouse where a roof collapsed in June.

Shortly before 10 a.m. Tuesday, an arc flash or an electrical arc burned a man, believed to be in his 50s, while he was working on repairs in an underground vault at the warehouse at 1501 Cabin Branch Drive in Landover, according to Prince George’s County Fire and EMS spokesman Mark Brady.

The man, who suffered second-degree burns to his upper body, was conscious and breathing at the scene, and was transported to a local hospital, according to Brady.

The roof of the facility collapsed on June 28 while more than a dozen people were inside. One worker’s body was found in the rubble days later.

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AJMAN: 6 dead from Electrical Fire

August 9, 2012 Leave a comment

Ajman, United Arab Emerates: A faulty electrical connection is being cited as the cause of a fatal electrical fire that claimed the lives of six people in Ajman early Tuesday, said authorities yesterday.  Fire officials told Gulf News that an electrical connection related to the air conditioning in the two-storey villa in Humaidiya residential district sparked a fire that swept through the dwelling. An Emirati widow, Haleema Mubarak, her three daughters, Mariam, Nouf and Moza, and two unidentified housemaids perished in the blaze shortly after 9am.  A lone surviving family member, 15-year-old son Amr Abdullah, escaped the blaze by jumping from his upstairs bedroom window located at the rear of the villa. He was released from Shaikh Khalifa Hospital after treatment and has been relocated to Ras Al Khaimah with relatives.

< A href=”; target=”_top”>< IMG src=”; height=”” width=”” hspace=”0″ vspace=”0″ border=”0″ alt=”Click Here!”>< /A>While the specifics of the electrical nature of the fire were not released yesterday, the fire official said in an interview that the mother and both the maids may have been watching television on the ground floor late into the evening and could have “fallen asleep and left the air conditioning on”.  The fire spread rapidly throughout the home, filling the villa with smoke.  The official said that the thick black smoke is most likely the chief reason behind the victims’ inability to escape the fire. While the three daughters upstairs are believed to have died from smoke inhalation, the victims downstairs may not have been able to find their way out through the smoke.

Some of the victims “couldn’t leave because of the smoke. It paralysed their movement”, the official said.  Fire officials said on Tuesday that the mother made a desperate call to emergency officials from her burning villa shortly before 9am. She never completed the call — the call for assistance ended abruptly. Calls returned to the distress caller were not answered. Firefighters were dispatched to the Humaidiya neighbourhood where they discovered smoke on the horizon and tracked the fire to the woman’s home.

Civil Defence officials said in a statement that finding the home was difficult because the fire service does not have a computer system that links phone calls to actual locations through GPS services. Plans, however, are under way to implement such a system to prevent fire fatalities in the emirate. In a push for prevention, the fire official warned people to ensure that people “turn off their air condition when they are not sleeping and to make sure that anything that is not needed for immediate use be switched off. People need to be more cautious”. The deceased members of the family were laid to rest late Tuesday.

It’s believed officials are overseeing procedures to repatriate the bodies of the two maids to their home countries in Indonesia and Ethiopia.

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CANADA: Waterloo North Hydro fined $110K for Arc Flash Incident

Ontario, Canada: Waterloo North Hydro fined $110,000 under Ontario workplace safety law after worker burned from arc flash. The Ontario Ministry of Labour announced Wednesday that electricity distributor Waterloo North Hydro Inc. was fined $110,000 under the Occupational Health and Safety Act in relation to an incident in which a worker was badly burned due to an arc flash.

The charges relate to an incident at a mall construction project in 2010 in Waterloo.  “Workers from Waterloo North Hydro Inc. had installed transformers on site and were attempting to send power from a transformer in one location to a transformer in another location,” the ministry stated in a press release Wednesday. “As power was sent to the second transformer, a worker for an electrical contractor was in the area routing a metal tape through a duct. The tape came into contact with a newly energized electrical conductor and caused an arc flash. The worker was badly burned.”

The utility pleaded guilty in the Ontario Court of Justice in Kitchener to failing to establish and implement an adequate job plan prior to installing and energizing the transformers.  “A job plan would have identified all known hazards and implemented controls for each hazard to protect workers from injury,” the Ministry of Labour stated.

One relevant section of provincial law is Section 181(1) of Ontario Regulation 213/91, which states: “Except where otherwise required by this Regulation, electrical work performed on or near electrical transmission or distribution systems shall be performed in accordance with the document entitled ‘Electrical Utility Safety Rules’ published by the Electrical and Utilities Safety Association of Ontario Incorporated and revised January, 2009.”

The other relevant section was Occupational Health and Safety Act, Section 23(1)(a).  The fine was imposed Monday by Justice of the Peace Ruth Legate Exon. The court also imposed a 25-per-cent victim fine surcharge to be credited to a government fund intended to help victims of crime.

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MN: Arc Flash Injures 4 Utility Workers

Shakopee, MN:  Four Shakopee Public Utilities workers were injured while performing routine maintenance work near the Shakopee women’s prison at approximately 8:30 a.m. Monday. Two of the workers received care at nearby St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee, two others were transported to Hennepin County Medical Center.  A spokesperson for Shakopee Public Utilities said that one worker had already been released from St. Francis, and said a second injured worker would likely be released from that hospital Monday afternoon.  Renee Schmid, Director of Finance and Administration for Shakopee Public Utilities, said that the two employees who were expected to remain at HCMC overnight were both sitting upright and communicating.

The accident occurred at the corner of Adams Street and Sixth Avenue and coincided with a power outage in downtown Shakopee that lasted approximately one hour and left both the prison and numerous downtown businesses without power. It remains unclear if the two incidents are related.  KMSP-TV News reported that a nearby neighbor saw one of the utility workers shocked while working on a power line from a “cherry-picker” bucket near the intersection.  “We heard a boom and his skin was smoking,” the neighbor told a reporter from the station.

According to the report, the city said the worker hadn’t technically been shocked but had rather been the victim of an “arc flash,” in which powerful electric currents travel through the air. Witnesses at the scene reported that at least one worker had visible burns to much of his back and other parts of his body.

Shakopee Public Utilities is currently conducting an internal investigation into the electrical accident and power outage but could not say when details from that investigation would become publicly available. The company will be cooperating with other agencies, including the Occupational Health and Safety Administration, as is required by law.  Schmid said that accidents such as this morning’s were very unusual for the company.  “I’ve been here almost five years and never seen one (an electrcial accident like this morning’s, so it’s very infrequent,” she said. “We spend an inordinate amount of time safety-training with our staff—it’s our number one priority.”

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