Saf Health Work.  2014 Sep;5(3):158-160. 10.1016/

Analysis of Two Electrocution Accidents in Greece that Occurred due to Unexpected Re-energization of Power Lines

  • 1University of Patras, School of Medicine, Patra, Athens, Greece.
  • 2School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Greece.


Investigation and analysis of accidents are critical elements of safety management. The over-riding purpose
of an organization in carrying out an accident investigation is to prevent similar accidents, as well as seek a general improvement in the management of health and safety. Hundreds of workers have suffered injuries while installing, maintaining, or servicing machinery and equipment due to sudden re-energization of power lines. This study presents and analyzes two electrical accidents (1 fatal injury and 1 serious injury) that occurred because the power supply was reconnected inadvertently or by mistake.


accidents; case reports; fault tree analysis; human error
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