Arc Flash Incident in North Dakota

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An arc flash incident at an Integrity Windows  plant December 17, 2017, left an electrician seriously injured.

The electrician suffered burns to his arms, neck, elbow and upper torso. He was taken to a Minneapolis medical center for treatment.

At the time of the incident, he was installing and testing breakers at the plant when the arc flash occurred.

The OSHA investigation may take up to six months to complete.

 

Hugh Hoagland

Hugh Hoagland

Hugh Hoagland is the foremost tester of clothing and PPE exposed to electrical arcs and is an arc flash expert. Read more about Hugh.

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7 Responses

  1. It sounds like he was wearing insulating gloves with leather protectors and using an arc flash face shield, but no balaclava or arc flash suit. It’s so sad he was injured when an arc flash suit and hood matching the potential incident energy could have prevented it. That’s why NFPA 70E and OSHA training play a crucial role in developing a safe workforce. Prayers for quick healing and no permanent disability.

    1. We don’t have any more info than the news. When we do investigations we can’t share anything but what is public. In this case, we have not been involved. I’d bet it was 3P system. Rarely see arc flash hurting anyone below 300V (208V 3P is an exception).

      Hugh

  2. What was so critical in a window factory, that the panel could not be put in an electrically safe work condition? Perhaps the company can explain the necessity to complete the work energized. I was burnt in a 120/208 3 phase panel from an arc, so it does happen

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