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Blog Author Steve Hudgik

Monday, March 25, 2013

Arc Flash and Electrical Explosions

Man Burned In Electrical Explosion at CSU Channel Islands

The Ventura County (Calif) Star reports that:

"Two male subcontractors were preparing for maintenance work on a substation behind Ironwood Hall when an electrical explosion occurred, burning one of them.The other man pulled him off the equipment, and two campus police officers got him out of the substation."

Read the article here.

Arc Flash Incident Offers Learning Moment

Last week, Mark Reichanadter, Chief Operating Officer at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, wrote about a recent arc flash incident they had.  He said:

"Last week, while performing regularly scheduled maintenance on SLAC’s linear accelerator, there was a mechanical equipment failure of a 12 kilovolt power supply which resulted in an “arc flash” explosion. I am very thankful to say that no one was hurt during this serious event."

"Those relatively new to SLAC may not know we had an arc flash in 2004, which resulted in serious burns to a worker and a major investigation by the Department of Energy (DOE). These events brought about major changes to how the laboratory performed work."

"In last week’s incident, we avoided injury because we followed our work planning and control process: define the work scope, identify and analyze hazards, develop and implement hazard controls, and perform work within controls."

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