ECN Electrical Forum - Discussion Forums for Electricians, Inspectors and Related Professionals
ECN Shout Chat
ShoutChat
Recent Posts
Does NEC 551.71 (F) apply to dwellings?
by BigB - 01/20/23 10:46 AM
Violation?
by HotLine1 - 01/19/23 09:10 AM
Power submeter connections
by HotLine1 - 01/19/23 09:09 AM
AFDD's coming to the UK
by Texas_Ranger - 01/17/23 07:22 PM
New in the Gallery:
Burger King crown sillyness
Burger King crown sillyness
by wa2ise, December 11
240/208 to a house
240/208 to a house
by wa2ise, October 9
Who's Online Now
0 members (), 120 guests, and 22 robots.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
Rate Thread
Joined: Sep 2001
Posts: 136
S
SAFTENG Offline OP
Member
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."


Visit www.SAFTENG.net for more electrical accidents and other industrial accidents.

Arc Flash PPE Clothing, LOTO & Insulated Tools
Joined: Oct 2000
Posts: 5,392
S
Member
Quote
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.

Joined: Oct 2000
Posts: 4,081
Likes: 3
Member
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


Bill

Link Copied to Clipboard
Featured:

Tools for Electricians
Tools for Electricians
 

* * * * * * *
2023 National Electrical Code (NEC)
2023 NEC Now Available!
 
* * * * * * *

2020 Master Electrician Exam Preparation Combos
2020 NEC Electrician
Exam Prep Combos:
Master / Journeyman

 

Member Spotlight
JoeKP
JoeKP
Berkley, MA
Posts: 144
Joined: March 2008
Top Posters(30 Days)
BigB 9
triple 3
Popular Topics(Views)
302,374 Are you busy
231,775 Re: Forum
216,398 Need opinion
Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.7.5