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AZ: Substation Electrical Fire

November 27, 2012 Leave a comment

Flagstaff, Arizona:  An electrical fire sent flames high into the air above McMillan Mesa on Monday night, alarming residents as far away as the Flagstaff Mall and Interstate 40.

Calls to 911 dispatchers began reporting a structure fire inside an electrical substation at about 5:30 p.m. and flames were soon shooting some 50 feet into the air.

Arizona Public Service officials say they are still uncertain what caused the fire.

“We don’t know the cause or what equipment it is, but there were no outages,” said APS spokesperson Brenda Hazlett.

Capt. Mark Johnson of the Flagstaff Fire Department said that firefighters couldn’t immediately extinguish the blaze for fear of mixing electricity and water.

Firefighters let the blaze burn while they waited for an APS crew and then helped establish a path into the yard for utility workers when they arrived to shut off power. A lack of recent rainfall in the area had firefighters concerned that the flames could spread to dry fuels on the mesa, Johnson said.

The flames were quickly extinguished once the power was cut.

APS planned to have crews on site tonight and then continue their investigation in the morning.

Story via azdailysun.com

WA: Copper Theives Risk Electrocution

October 1, 2012 Leave a comment

Spokane, WA:  Thieves in northern Idaho and eastern Washington state are still targeting copper wire for the scrap market despite lower metal prices and electrocution risks, power company officials say.  Officials tell The Spokesman-Review that thieves cause higher electricity bills for customers and endanger the public by leaving live wires. Dan Kolbet, communications manager for Avista Utilities, said thieves have cut down live lines and climbed substation fences to steal equipment that could kill them.

“In the substation, it’s scary dangerous for the folks doing it, because if they cut the wrong wire they’re dead in about that fast,” Kolbet said, snapping his fingers.

Shawn Dolan is the manager of engineering at Kootenai Electric Cooperative, based in Hayden in northern Idaho.

“They’re not getting a lot of money for the damage they’re doing,” he told The Spokesman-Review.

He said the company recently discovered copper grounding wire, worth about $200 on the scrap metal market, missing from about 60 poles in rural areas north and south of Coeur d’Alene. He said it will cost about $10,000 to replace ground wires, with ratepayers paying for the thefts.

He also said the missing grounding wire means line crews don’t have a safety guard to tie into while working on the poles. And if a storm or car crash knocks down a pole, the wires might not de-energize properly. In addition, voltage fluctuations can be caused by improperly grounded power lines that can damage home electronics.

“For 200 bucks, what they’re doing is risking our workers’ safety, their lives. They could kill a lineman,” Dolan said. “They’re also potentially damaging other people’s electrical appliances.”

“That’s what amazes us more than anything,” said Pat Osborn, supply chain supervisor at Inland Power & Light Co., a rural electric co-op serving areas outside Spokane. “You look at minimum wage in Washington, and these guys could work an eight-hour shift and make quite a bit more.”

Jim Schrock of Earthworks Recycling in Spokane said he pays about $2.75 a pound for good copper, down from $3.30 two years ago. Both Idaho and Washington state have laws intended to deter metal thieves.

“We probably kick out six to 10 people a week,” said Schrock. “We basically say don’t come back and tell all your friends not to come in, because they’re acting squirrelly or they’re on a list where they’ve been convicted of crimes, or they’re trying to skirt the metal law.”

Story via seattletimes.com

 

Trinidad and Tabago: T&TEC Electrician Electrocuted

August 21, 2012 Leave a comment

Penal, Trinidad and Tobago: A 46-YEAR-old Penal electrician died yesterday after he was electrocuted while working on a lamp post at Point Fortin.  Gayadeen Lookhoor, of Ramjohn Trace, was said to have suffered an electrical shock while he was descending a pole and fell off a ladder. Lookhoor and other employees of N and S Electrical Contractors, of Penal, were changing conductors and isolating lines along the Dunlop stretch in the vicinity of the Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (T&TEC) sub-station.

Police were told around 8.55 a.m. Lookhoor was descending a lamp post when his shoulder touched a live wire.  He fell off a ladder and fell 20 feet to the ground.  An ambulance took him to the Point Fortin Health Facility where he was pronounced dead on arrival.   Corporate Communications manager at T&TEC Annabelle Brasnell stated in a release that T&TEC has appointed a five-member committee to investigate the fatal accident.  Lookhoor’s death follows three other fatal incidents involving electricians working on T&TEC lines.

Last September, T&TEC craftsman trainee Richie Rivers, 23, was electrocuted while working on the Eastern Main Road, Tunapuna. Rivers, of Rio Claro, was working on an electricity pole when he was electrocuted and he fell 20 feet to the ground. Then on January 10, Ghanaian national Samuel Ownsu also died from electrocution. A week later, electrical linesman Gary Patterson, 42, died while on duty at Siparia.

The Oilfields Workers Trade Union (OWTU) is expected to hold a press conference on the issue of fatal accidents at the workplace today at its headquarters at Paramount Building, Circular Road, San Fernando.

Story via trinidadexpress.com

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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

Substation Explosion Injures Two UK Men

January 5, 2012 Leave a comment

Two security guards are in a critical condition in hospital after they were seriously injured in an explosion at an ex-colliery.

The two men, aged 38 and 26, suffered serious facial burns in the blast at the former Welbeck Colliery site, near Meden Vale, in Nottinghamshire on Saturday.

They have not yet been identified but are being treated in the Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham, where they are both said to be in a critical but stable condition.

A spokesman for Nottinghamshire Police said: “It is understood that the men were working at the site as security personnel.”

He added: “Detectives are liaising with the site owners, UK Coal, with the fire service and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to determine the sequence of events leading up to the incident.”

The explosion was reported at around 7.30pm on Saturday and involved an electrical sub-station above the ground.

A spokeswoman for Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service said the explosion was from an electrical component in the 40m x 30m single-storey building. She added: “The fire itself was very small. The main issue was the explosion itself and the two people injured. Investigations are ongoing.”

A spokesman for UK Coal said it is thought the two security guards were the only people on site at the time of the explosion and they called the emergency services in the aftermath of the blast.

A statement from UK Coal said: “There has been no mining at the colliery since it was closed in May 2010, following which all of the underground shafts and workings have been sealed and closed. The electricity substation is situated on the surface and supplies both the site and surrounding area when required.

“The two injured men were not UK Coal employees, but were contracted to be working as security guards on the site. UK Coal continues to help the police and HSE investigations.”

Story Via The Press Association

2 Utility Workers Electrocuted in India in Separate Accidents

February 15, 2011 Leave a comment
KEONJHAR, INDIA : Two persons were electrocuted while working on electrical lines in Champua and Baria police station areas.

The two have been identified as Sadasiba Naik (45) and Binod Mohanta (40). The incident was took place around 7 pm on Thursday at separate locations, about 40 km from here. While Sadasiba Naik, a line man, died at Ukhunda village in Baria, while working on a 11-KV line, Binod Mohanta, a relative a line man at Chauthia in Champua was electrocuted while repairing a similar 11-KV line.

Sadasiba was working on the line, when the shock hurtled him off the pole, sending him rolling to the ground. Binod was, however, found hanging from the pole after being electrocuted.

The incidents have angered the villagers of Chauthia and nearby areas who on Friday staged a protest and gheraoed the executive engineer of Nesco and other officers of the department, demanding compensation for the families. They villagers did not allow the police to take down Binod’s body from the pole.

Sources said that after electricity supply from Rimuli substation was disrupted, these two men were sent to carry out some repair work, when a sudden surge of electricity killed them.

Police arrived on the spot on Thursday night, but the villagers refused to hand over the bodies. They demanded compensation of about `5 lakh for Binod’s family, who were residents of Chauthia. Binod was not an employee of the department. Hiring him to do the repair work should not have been allowed, claimed the villagers.

“They were repairing the line after the supply was shit down. The line, on which they were working, suddenly got charged when a wire from another feeder line fell on it,” Nesco superintendent engineer Nirmal Das said. “The actual cause can be ascertained only after an investigation,” he said, adding, “Action will be taken against the lineman who allowed the villagers to repair the line,” SE added.

Sources alleged that the deaths were caused due to the negligence of department.

Incidentally, about six persons, including two children, have died due to electrocution within a span of a few years. Meanwhile, people of the area say power cuts and failures have risen in the area. They are demanding separate electrical sections by installing a sub-station at Ukhunda to cater to the electrical need of that area. At present, the area is under Rimuli electrical section.

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Electrical Technician Killed Working on Transformer

January 10, 2011 Leave a comment

ELLISVILLE, MS  – The Howard Industries employee killed Sunday in a work related electrical accident has been identified.

Ellisville Police say 29 year old Benjamin Edward Spoon of Stringer died after he was electrocuted while working on a transformer.

Spoon was an electronics technician at the Sub Station Division of Howard Industries on Highway 11 North in Ellisville. He had worked at the plant for more than four years.

Story via WDAM.com

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