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DOD IG Report on 17 Electrocution Deaths

Here is the DoD Inspector General Report Entitled “Review of Electrocution Deaths in Iraq:  Part II – Seventeen Incidents Apart from  Staff Sergeant Ryan D. Maseth, U.S. Army” dated July 24, 2009

Report No. IPO2009E001 .pdf 1.7 MB

You can also get it from the DoD IG website.

I have not had time to read this report, but here is a VERY brief summary based on media reports.

Nine of 18 electrocution deaths reported in Iraq were caused by “improper grounding or faulty equipment,” including the January 2008 death of Staff Sgt. Ryan Maseth, the Defense Department’s inspector-general found.

Investigations remain open in five of those cases, according to a summary of the report obtained by the AP.

As soon as I get more I will let you know.

Ms Sparky

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4 Comments

  1. Comment by Ms Sparky:

    I have a question for the DoDIG investigators. There were only two civilians listed as electrocuted in the report. What about Andy Barsamian? He was a TCN electrician that worked for KBR in the Green Zone. He was electrocuted in the Green Zone and died on November 13, 2005.

    I am curious as to why Andy’s name does not appear on any list as having died as an electrocution death. Was it even reported to the DOL?

  2. Comment by Ms Sparky:

    Also, what about Sgt. 1st Class Anthony Woodham who died from non-combat related injuries on July 5, 2008 at Camp Adder, Tallil, Iraq.

    It was first reported as an electrocution and then changed to heart attack. Well yes he had a heart attack. That’s part of what electrocution does. IT STOPS YOUR HEART!!

    Again, something is not right with this case.

    I am not going to just forget about Anthony Woodham!

  3. Comment by FYI:

    Ms Sparky said,on July 31st, 2009 at 6:43 am I have a question for the DoDIG investigators. There were only two civilians listed as electrocuted in the report. What about Andy Barsamian? He was a TCN electrician that worked for KBR in the Green Zone. He was electrocuted in the Green Zone and died on November 13, 2005.

    That was at site D2, part of the DF&I sites, in the green zone. There was a lot of movement of managerial types about that time but KBR would never try to hide or cover-up anything. Perhaps someone should contact the acting PM and the DPMs over that area of operations in November 2005?

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