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KS: GM Electrical Blast…Arc Flash?

KANSAS CITY, KS:  A maintenance worker has been critically injured in an electrical explosion at the General Motors’ Fairfax Assembly Plant in Kansas City, Kan.  The Kansas City Star reports that the accident occurred at the auto plant early Sunday while a contract employee was working on an electrical substation breaker box. The man was hospitalized with burns on his torso.  GM spokeswoman Lauren Indiveri Fitapelli says Monday that the injured man sustained significant burns, but she did not have his hospital condition.  She says the cause of the electrical accident is under way and that work there was not affected because the plant is shut down until July 16 and running with a minimal staff.  She also says the blast caused only minor damage to the building.

Story via The Republic

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KS Man Found Electrocuted Near Power Pole

December 30, 2010 Leave a comment

Kansas City, KS – A Miami County man appears to have been electrocuted early today while working at a power pole, authorities said.

The body of Danny Joe Miller, 42, was found at the bottom of a power pole in front of his residence at about 7 a.m. in the 3400 block of W. 399th Street, according to the Miami County Sheriff’s Office.

An aluminum extension ladder was found leaning against the power pole. Miller was found lying at the base of the ladder. An autopsy will determine the cause of death.

Authorities don’t know how long Miller had been dead when he was found. His wife last saw him at about 4:30 this morning when he got home from work.

Investigators said Miller was trying to do something at the power pole, but what exactly they don’t know. Kansas City Power & Light was called to the scene and is doing its investigation.

The case is still open.

Story via TheKansasCityStar.com

Electrical Safety should always be practiced when using ladders.  Only qualified persons are permitted to work on electrical equipment.

Worker Fatally Electrocuted in Kansas

March 29, 2010 Leave a comment

PARTRIDGE, KS – A member of an electrical crew from Texas was electrocuted while working in the 11000 block of West Lake Cable Road, about 2.5 miles south of Partridge, early Tuesday evening.

Five trucks from Bird Electric in Eastland, Texas, were working along Lake Cable Road and nearby Centennial Road, setting new power poles and stringing new wire.

Reno County Deputy Sheriff John Orrison said co-workers noticed that the man, who was suspended in a cherry picker while working on the lines, had been injured about 6 p.m. and called for emergency aid. The co-workers declined to comment on what happened.

An ambulance left the scene to take the man, whose identity was not being released, to Promise Regional Medical Center about 40 minutes after the initial call. The hospital said about two hours later that he had died.

 

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