Since 1990, the NJDOH Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) Project has received reports of seven incidents where workers were electrocuted as they were working on or near the lights. A summary of these incidents follows (unless otherwise noted, all lights were 277 volts):
In May 1990, a 25-year-old electrician was electrocuted while installing wiring for additional lights in a large retail store. He was working on a personnel lift when he contacted the energized circuit while running wires in a junction box.
In March 1991, a 60-year-old glass contractor died as he was working on an electrical cable that ran through a metal door frame to the overhead fluorescent lights. He had cut the cable and was taping the ends of the wires when he was electrocuted.
In March 1992, a 60-year-old electrician was killed as he was installing new overhead fluorescent lights. He was working from a ladder when he contacted the energized circuit while wiring the cable to the fixture.
In August 1993, a 33-year-old construction laborer was electrocuted during the renovation of a public school. The incident occurred in a vestibule where an overhead fluorescent light was found hanging by its cable. It is not known how the victim contacted the electricity.
In December 1993, a 27-year-old sheet metal worker was electrocuted while he was replacing an overhead fluorescent light fixture he had accidentally damaged. He contacted the power as he tried to remove the electrical cable from the junction box.
In July, 1995 a 28-year-old school maintenance worker was killed while removing a section of wall to construct an alcove. He had removed an electrical cable leading to the light switch and was electrocuted as he stripped an energized wire.
In August, 1995 a 36-year-old electrician's helper contacted 460 volts as he was replacing the ballasts to the overhead light fixtures in a retail store. He was working from a ladder and contacted power as he cut an energized wire while leaning against a grounded door frame.