A recent industrial accident in Southern California resulted in the death of one Edison employee. The worker was performing equipment maintenance in Riverside County on an underground facility that powers a nearby desalination plant. During the procedure, an explosion occurred, killing the worker and injuring three others, explained KMPH Fox 26.
"The boom sounded like maybe somebody was in an accident, or somebody ran into something, that was my first thought," a resident who lives near the site of the accident told KABC-TV Los Angeles. "It's sad, these are utility workers, and they have a job to do, but if it's a malfunction, or human error, you just don't know."
Although it is not yet clear why the accident occurred, the worker was performing maintenance in an area where 12,000-volt transmission lines run into the vault, reported KABC-TV Los Angeles.
This kind of accident is sometimes preventable if companies utilize equipment maintenance software that can track the performance and condition of industrial equipment. This makes it easier for organizations to identify when problematic or dangerous conditions occur and even to perform equipment condition monitoring to prevent machinery or equipment from failing. Over time, companies can collect large amounts of information about their equipment and use that data to improve safety for workers, maintain machinery more effectively and increase productivity.