Second Quarter – April to June, 2004
Date & Program Location Accident Description
MIS ID #
Accidents - Fatal:
April 13th Industrial Stratford Worker made contact with live exposed conductors, system
1053855 voltage was 575 volts, worker was electrocuted. Worker was
switching phases to change direction of motor rotation at the
time of contact.
June 2nd Construction Toronto Worker was on scaffolding, doing work on overhead lights.
1052180 Worker made contact with energized conductor, fell off
scaffolding. Voltage of lighting system not given.
June 2nd Construction Ottawa Worker was making changes in an electrical circuit, made
1052214 contact with an energized conductor. Voltage of conductor
Accidents - Critical:
April 23rd Industrial Mississauga Electrical apprentice was doing work in an electrical room.
1054312 Allan key contacted a live wire, causing an arc. Worker was
burned to face, chest and arm.
May 3rd Industrial North York Worker closed a circuit breaker inside an electrical room.
1051766 Panel blew up, worker received 2nd degree burns to face and
right hand. Operating voltage of panel not given.
June 16th Industrial Fort Erie Worker was using a multimeter to measure voltage. Selector
1056513 switch was set to VOLTAGE, but leads were still set up for
measuring resistance. Overcurrent from meter’s internal arc
causing arcing at the probe tips, resulting in phase-to-phase
arcing on the line side terminals of a 600 V fused disconnect.
Worker severely burned from the heat of the arc.
June 29th Industrial Burlington Worker was doing infrared PM scans of electrical connections.
1056024 As part of procedures, worker used meter to check voltages.
Meter was rated for 750 volts, equipment was operating at its
designed voltage of 4160 V. Worker was severely burned on
both forearms from resulting electrical arc.
Accidents - Non-Critical:
April 1st Industrial Burlington Electrician was doing wiring work, wires were live. Worker
1052980 crossed a connection, caused an arc. Worker suffered burns to
both arms. No details given for voltage or type of equipment.
April 11th Mining Sudbury Worker sustained an electrical shock while trouble-shooting
1054448 the electrical system on an underground vehicle.
April 14th Construction St. Catherines Worker contacted 600 V conductor while working inside a
1054431 section of a control panel. Lockout had been done for the
other sections of the panel, but not for the 600 V feed to this
section. Worker received a mild shock from the contact.
April 19th Industrial London Worker received an electrical shock while stirring soup in a
1054114 crockpot. No details given of what part of the equipment was
April 22nd Construction Mississauga Worker received electrical burns. No details given of what
1054277 work was being done at the time.
May 6th Construction Hamilton Worker contacted 110 volts while re-shingling a roof.
May 12th Industrial Tiverton Control Technician was working on generator brush gear,
1054936 contacted 170 volts. Worker was wearing rubber gloves, made
contact at glove base. Worker taken to hospital and released.
May 19th Construction Grimsby Two workers contacted 4800 volts, no details given of work
1055303 being done at the time. Although the event description said
that no injuries were suffered in the contact, I placed the event
here, due to the fact that a contact was made by the worker.
May 26th Industrial Ottawa Worker changing a light when it blew, knocking him off a
1055500 ladder. Worker had sore head and ribs. No details given on
type of light involved.
June 1st Construction Hamilton Worker contacted a buried 8 kV power cable while installing
1055006 anchor pins for a concrete form. Cable was only about 4 “
deep in this spot, worker received minor burns to his arms.
June 10th Industrial Toronto Worker received a shock from a 240 V heat lamp while trying
1056313 to move the beam that the light was mounted on.
June 12th Industrial Thunder Bay A non-worker (4 year old child) received a shock from an
1056518 energized electrical cord. The cord was part of a ride at a
children’s public amusement park.
June 14th Construction Hamilton Worker cut into an energized conductor while using a quick-
1055605 cut saw. Conductor was energized at 8,000 volts to ground,
worker received burns to right arm, left hand and shoulder.
June 22nd Industrial Niagara Falls Worker was vacuuming with the cord draped around her neck.
1056718 touched a metal strip on a door and received a shock. Cord
had cuts where the copper conductor could be seen.
June 23rd Industrial Municipality Workers were demolishing office panels to make room for
1013931 not given more desks. Both workers received shocks, no information
given as to the source of the electricity.
June 23rd Industrial Toronto Worker received a shock from a 15 A outlet, resulting in a
1056942 4 inch gash to his right forearm. No details given of work
being done at the time.
Reportable Incidents - Powerline Contacts:
April 6th Construction Ottawa Work being done under a power line caused the fuse for the
1053465 line to blow. No details given on what may have contacted
April 6th Construction Thunder Bay Homeowner cut down a tree, tree brought down a 240 V line.
April 8th Construction Brampton Electrical contact made, primary cable cut. No details given of
1053839 equipment involved.
April 13th Construction Dundas Shovel contacted 240 V secondary buried cable.
April 14th Construction Vaughan Spider system made contact with an overhead power line.
April 16th Mining Levack While pulling muck from a chute, a rockbolt flowing with the
1054095 material contacted the trolley line. Resulting fire caused
damage to the trolley skirting and to air and water lines.
April 18th Mining Sudbury Dump truck took down all three phases of a power line.
April 22nd Construction Kanata Contractor chose not to wait until the utility could supervise
1054320 the excavation work. Contractor dug up the primary cable,
cut off power to 110 customers.
April 28th Construction Caledonia Event classified as electrical. No other details given.
April 29th Construction Timmins Event classified as power line contact. No other details given.
April 30th Construction Waterdown Excavator contacted a buried 240 V secondary cable.
May 5th Construction Sombra Contact made with a 4500 V power line while workers
1054728 Township were doing work on a bridge.
May 6th Construction Toronto Event description said power outage with no injuries.
1051777 No other details given.
May 6th Construction Richmond Hill Power line contacted, no other details of event given.
May 10th Construction Brampton Workers doing a trenching operator, cut a 27 kV buried
1054855 cable. No locates had been done.
May 11th Construction Cambridge Excavator knocked down a power line.
May 12th Construction Warkworth Worker was cutting tree branches, branches contacted the
1054956 power line.
May 14th Construction Port Dover Excavator hit and damaged a padmount transformer.
May 16th Industrial Thunder Bay Worker were using a motorized lift to install a sign. Hydro
1055163 line contacted, line broke and came down.
May 19th Construction Townsend Crane struck an 4800 V overhead power line.
May 27th Construction Sudbury Contractor doing blasting, blast caused shifting of a buried
1021192 duct. Duct movement caused the cable to break.
May 27th Industrial Timmins Contractor was using a boom truck, boom contacted a
1052321 2700 V overhead line.
May 28th Construction Hamilton Contractor used hand digging to find the location of a
1054660 buried secondary cable. Then used a backhoe, and he
May 28th Construction Thunder Bay Contact was made with the overhead secondary service
1055683 to a residence. No information given on equipment
involved in the contact.
May 28th Construction Sault Ste. Marie Building being demolished, contact made with an energized
1055997 cable. No information given on equipment involved.
May 31st Construction Orleans Worker doing excavating, contacted a buried line.
June 2nd Construction Kingston Event classified as electrical, no other details given.
June 7th Construction Waterloo Backhoe hit a 4 kV buried power line.
June 7th Construction Kitley Power trencher dug up a 240 V buried line.
1056128 Township No locates done.
June 9th Construction Niagara Falls Event classified as a power line contact, event description
1056169 mentioned machinery moving a bridge.
June 10th Construction Peterborough Raised box of a dumptruck hit a 24 kV power line.
June 11th Construction Ottawa Equipment contacted a power line, no other details given.
June 11th Construction Cayuga Dumptruck raised its box, contacted a power line.
June 11th Construction Oakville Truck contacted overhead hydro line, knocked down a pole.
1056367 Line energized at 13 kV.
June 12th Construction Brampton Backhoe cut a 27 kV buried cable.
June 15th Industrial Thunder Bay Workers were digging, contacted a buried electrical cable.
June 15th Construction Windsor Raised box of dumptruck contacted overhead power lines.
June 15th Construction Woodbridge Contact made with a buried hydro cable. No details given of
1054904 equipment involved.
June 15th Construction Copetown Auger in back of pickup truck was in the raised position.
1055655 Truck moved, auger contacted hydro lines.
June 16th Construction Cambridge Driver of dump truck drove away while box was still coming
1020289 down. Box ripped down the neutral of the overhead line.
June 17th Construction Toronto Crane contacted overhead power line.
June 21st Construction Mississauga 600 V feeder cable was damaged by machinery. No other
1055668 details given.
June 23rd Construction Mississauga Event classified as power line contact. No other details given.
June 24th Construction Ingersoll Event classified as electrical occurrence. No other details
June 24th Construction Hamilton Event classified as power line contact. No other details given.
June 24th Industrial Hamilton Truck box hooked a sagging wire, knocked off the power.
1056008 & 1056908 (same event)
June 29th Industrial Thunder Bay Forklift contacted a secondary hydro line.
June 30th Industrial Waterdown Backhoe dug up a buried cable, no locates had been done.
April 4th Industrial Kitchener Worker passed out while walking to his desk. No information
1056565 given on height of paperwork sitting in worker’s IN basket.
Please note, my calendar says that April 4th was a Sunday.
Fatals: Criticals: Non-criticals: Powerline Electrical
2004 3 4 16 48 0
2003 3 7 25 39 0
2002 1 9 17 28 1
2001 1 13 12 32 2
2000 2 5 22 34 1
1999 2 9 22 32 0
1998 2 4 17 30 0
Information taken from Ministry of Labour MIS database
Report prepared: August 4, 2004
Assembled by: Michael Reiser
PSS – Kitchener District
Phone: (519) 883-5682
FAX: (519) 883-5694