73 - Electric Shock (Neutral Conductor Back Feed)

Safety Alert
73 – Electric Shock (Neutral Conductor Back Feed)

Date
11 May 2018

Description
An EGT apprentice was tasked with removing existing lighting fuses/holders and installing a din rail in its place for RCD installation. Both the tradesman and the apprentice proved that both lighting and protected power was isolated – both the tradesman and the apprentice fitted lock-out tags. The apprentice was then given the go ahead to commence the task.

Following this, the apprentice removed the neutrals from the neutral bar. He touched the B2 neutral conductor with his right hand while his left forearm was leaning / touching the earth (switch board) frame - he then received an electric shock.

The apprentice immediately tested and found 266V between the B2 neutral conductor and neutral bar.

Root Cause

Both the tradesman and the apprentice failed to ensure that the last step of the EGT IITT process was physically completed. (Note: The IITT checklist was completed - admin only).
This procedure clearly states to "Re-test separated conductors for possible back feed" as indicated in Figure 1.



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