Fire as a result of arc flash

Energy type: 
Electricity
 
Event summary: 
A fire occurred in a commercial building as the result of an arc flash within a commercial electrical switchboard.
 
Accident ID: 
160828-01
 
Accident date: 
28 August 2016
 
Site: 
Domestic
 
Environment: 
Building
 
Voltage: 
230
 
Equipment: 
LV Commercial Switchboard
 
Accident type: 
Fire
 
Casualty: 
Non-fatality
 
Injury: 
No injury
 
Property damage level: 
Restricted to the direct vicinity of the equipment
 
Outcome of investigation: 

An electrical worker caused a fire when he worked on energised equipment at night. The arc flash caused a fire which damaged the switchboard. The company responsible has since put in procedures to reduce the chances of an incident occurring again.