• Published: 12 May 2011
  • Incident ID: 3103

Contact with Live Low Voltage Switchboard

Cause & Consequence

  • Electricity, electrical discharge, short circuit or overload
Incident Consequence

Incident Location

Any Location Type

Incident Activity


Incident Info Source

Dave Thomson

Specific Incident Equipment

Rig Type: Mitsubishi MD 602 Switch Board: ABB(NEBB)

Lessons Identified

Insufficient isolation of equipment. Perspex not adequate, short of full length of Busbar- Electrical department unaware of bus bars extending below the Perspex protection.- Third Party Contractor Competence Levels assumed adequate-I nadequate Risk Assessment of task and area undertaken

Incident Recommendations

Third party competency levels to be supplied to head of department prior to commencement of operation.- Risk Assessment for entering switchboard cubicles to be revised.- Similar equipment to be checked to eliminate similar lack of guarding of busbars.- Insulate any identified exposed busbars

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