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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.

Story Via: www.firstcoastnews.com

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.

Story via phillyburbs.com

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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.

Story via forconstructionpros.com

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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.

Story via newarkadvocate.com

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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.

Story via dallasnews.com

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.

Story via heralddispatch.com

 

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.

Story via washingtonexaminer.com

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