Arc Flash Video Explosion Explained

By R.W. Hurst, The Electricity Forum

This arc flash video shows what electrical workers face first hand and the explosive nature of arc flash (AF).  Our library has many examples of AF incidents, flame retardant garment testing procedures, general electrical safety videos, and more.

It is an educational tool designed to raise awareness about the dangers of arc flash explosions and promote electrical safety. Arc flash explosions are a serious hazard that can occur when electrical current jumps from one conductor to another, creating an intense burst of heat and light that can cause serious injury or death.

To prevent arc flash accidents, it is important for workers to receive proper safety training that includes information about how to identify potential arc flash hazards, how to use appropriate protective gear, and how to respond in the event of an emergency.

One effective way to deliver this information is through the use of safety videos. Safety videos can provide workers with visual examples of arc flash explosions, demonstrating the importance of proper safety protocols and highlighting the potential consequences of ignoring them.

In addition to providing essential safety information, these videos can also help to promote a culture of safety within an organization. By making safety training a priority, employers can help to create a workplace where workers feel valued and protected, and where everyone understands their role in maintaining a safe and healthy work environment.

Overall, it can be a powerful tool for promoting electrical safety and preventing workplace accidents. By using this tool to educate and empower workers, employers can help to ensure that their organizations are safe and productive places to work.

Producing a video of an actual AF incident is difficult because it is a rare occurrence but there are a few closed circuit incidents and the reader can view a few of these in our collection.

We have tried to collect the best examples that are instructive and informative. These videos are intended to raise awareness of the significant dangers of AF and arc blast explosions and the resulting injuries that they cause. 

Be warned: some viewers may find these videos disturbing.


Arc Flash Video

This shows an arc flash explosion that allegedly happened in a plant in Colombia, South America, in 2007.

In the video, a maintenance electrician was racking in a circuit breaker when an AF explosion took place right in front of him.

It’s not difficult to imagine from this graphic video how much damage it can do to a worker. It is not known the extent of this worker’s injuries or if it was an AF fatality.

Another video we would like you to view might possibly be the second-most widely viewed video online. This video shows three electrical workers at the open door of an exterior electrical substation when an AF occurs. All three workers received burns, one of which was seriously injured.

Arc Flash Video At An Outdoor Electrical Substation

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