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#147104 - 01/17/02 06:37 PM Electrician departed from safe practice and lost his life
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Electrician departed from safe practice and lost his life

A fatal accident inquiry into the death of Jim Duncan, an experienced self-employed plumber/electrician, who was electrocuted in an Aberdeen flat last August, has heard from an electrical expert that his death resulted from his failure to adopt a safety strategy in his work task.
Mr Duncan would not have died if he had switched off the power, left a cover on a thermostat containing live terminals, or even worn protective insulating gloves prior to inspecting a water tank.
Live terminals
Sheriff Alasdair McFadyen declared that Mr Duncan was electrocuted because he contacted a live part while undertaking plumbing work in the property.
Mr Duncan entered the bathroom to access a water tank in a cupboard behind a bath. When the resident of the flat addressed him from outside he received no reply, and when he entered the room he discovered the electrician slumped over the cupboard.

Investigation
Investigating the death, Mr John Madden, HSE's Scottish Principal Electrical Inspector found the cover of the thermostat next to the tank had been removed exposing live conductors. It had been established also that the power had not been switched off at the time of the accident.
Mr Madden said: "If Mr Duncan had reached into the cupboard to adjust the thermostat with the cover off, it is highly likely that he would also have touched one of the live terminals."


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#147105 - 01/25/02 02:53 AM Re: Electrician departed from safe practice and lost his life
sparky Offline
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self-employed plumber/electrician,


An electrician huh? sounds more like Mr. handyman to me, as i know of few dual masters.

If indeed so, this should not be thrown into the catagory of 'Fried Electricians' should it?

We have enough questionable stat's already.

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#147106 - 01/25/02 05:40 AM Re: Electrician departed from safe practice and lost his life
Bill Addiss Offline
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Registered: 10/07/00
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Loc: NY, USA
Sparky,

I think that we're after accidents related to Electricity, this helps us increase our awareness of what can happen and avoid it. We're not building up statistics.

If I'm not mistaken we have at least one Electrician/Plumber as a regular here at the Forums.

Bill

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