Author: Thomas Ray, CSP, CUSP

Thomas Ray, CSP, CUSP, is a safety specialist for City Utilities in Springfield, Mo. He has more than 23 years of safety and incident investigation experience and can be reached at tom.ray@cityutilities.net.
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10 Tips for Better Incident Investigations

Several years ago, when I was serving as chief investigator for the NIOSH-funded Missouri Occupational Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation Program, I was called to a scene where a 39-year-old journeyman lineman had been electrocuted while working for an electrical contractor. At the time of the incident, the lineman, his co-worker and the foreman had been working at an electrical substation. The city that owned the substation was in the process of switching their electrical service from a three-phase 4-kV system to a 12-kV system. There were several feeders on the structure, but only...

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