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Electric shock from a high-voltage test set

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An electrical worker received an electric shock while carrying out insulation testing of an 11kV cable network. The electrical worker reached for the voltage control knob to make a fine adjustment of the output voltage of a high-voltage battery-powered test set when an electrical discharge occurred from the test unit to the worker. The test voltage at the time was 10kV direct current.

The injured person was transported to hospital for medical testing and was given a 12 lead ECG test and four hours of observation, before being discharged and resuming normal duties.

The area was made safe by erecting a barrier pending an investigation.


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New South Wales




NSW Government


Jan 2008

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