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2 dead, 2 others critically injured after a string of electrocutions in a single day

CBC News reports, Multiple electrocution incidents in Ontario prompt Electrical Safety Authority warning

Ontario’s Electrical Safety Authority is pleading with people to stay safe around power lines after two people were killed by electrocution and two others were critically injured in a single day in Ontario.

A worker was electrocuted and killed in Vaughan on Sept. 19 when a drill boom on a truck made contact with overhead power lines.

The authority said in a news release that the injuries stem from three incidents where workers on job sites came into contact with overhead electrical wires.

“This was a cluster of events that we haven’t seen before, and we don’t understand at this point in time if this was just an aberration,” said Joel Moody, chief public safety officer with the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA).

“What we do know is that these instances happened, and unfortunately there were two deaths and two critical injuries … and ESA wants to extend our condolences to those families who were affected by these incidents.”

The provincial Ministry of Labour has confirmed that one of the deaths happened just before 9 p.m. Thursday, when a worker died in Vaughan.

“A worker sustained fatal injuries due to an electrical contact when [a] drill boom made contact with overhead power lines,” said spokesperson Charlene Millett in a statement.

She said the worker was employed by Pontil Drilling Services, which, according to the business’s website, does work ranging from geotechnical and environmental drilling to utility locating.

The company declined a request for comment.

The ministry says it has issued six requirements to the drilling company and its investigation is still ongoing.

A second person died on Sept. 19 at a private residence in Kawartha Lakes, near Peterborough. The ministry says two self-employed workers were trimming a hedge in an elevated work platform when it made contact with a power line.

One person died, while the other sustained critical injuries, Millett said. Two ministry inspectors went to the scene, but no orders were issued.

The third electrocution happened on the same day in Scarborough, when a worker was injured when a tower crane hit an overhead power line.

The ministry says the employer in that case was construction company Darcon Inc. The company didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

“Our thoughts are with the family and colleagues of the workers who passed away,” Millett said. “Our investigation is ongoing.”

Minister of Labour Monte McNaughton said his “thoughts and prayers” are with the families and friends of the workers who died and were injured.

“Ministry officials are currently investigating these incidents,” McNaughton said in a statement. “We take them very seriously and are ensuring any concerns will be adequately addressed.”

According to the ESA, there are usually only two electrical deaths a year in Ontario on average, which makes two in a 24-hour period all the more unusual.

“Those two deaths are two deaths too many,” Moody said.

In the last 10 years, 19 people have died from electrocution in the province, he said.

All electrical incidents are preventable, he added.

The ESA recommends a number of tips when working around electrical wires, including watching for hidden power lines that can be hidden by foliage, being aware while driving dump trucks, and keeping equipment away from power lines.

 

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Site C Contractor Fined $662,102 by WorkSafeBC

WorkSafeBC fines Site C Contractor $662,102

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Peace River Hydro Partners, has been fined $662,102.48 by WorkSafeBC.

The fine was imposed on August 21, 2019, after a worker sustained an electrical shock injury. A worker was able to access the main circuit breaker in a high-voltage electrical cabinet for tunnelling equipment.

According to WorkSafeBC, the main electrical breaker extensions on the exterior cabinet door were not functioning, the de-energization switches had been circumvented and the main breaker switch-box isolation covers were in disrepair.

WorkSafeBC staff also determined that it was a standard work practice at this site to access the main circuit breaker without following lockout procedures.

A stop-use order was issued for the tunnelling equipment because Peace River Hydro Partners failed to ensure its equipment was capable of safely performing its functions, and was unable to provide its workers with the information, instruction, training, and supervision necessary to ensure their health and safety.

WorkSafeBC says these were both repeated violations.

This is the largest fine WorkSafeBC can issue under B.C. legislation.  The report from WorkSafeBC did not disclose the condition of the worker or the exact date of the incident.

Click here for this article from EnergeticCity.ca

Worker dies after being electrocuted at steel manufacturing plant

Worker dies after being electrocuted at steel manufacturing plant

A man was electrocuted at the TMK IPSCO Plant in Ambridge, PA.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, emergency officials responded to the facility at 11:12 a.m. Wednesday, where authorities said an outside contractor who was working inside the plant suffered electrical injuries. He later died after being transported to Heritage Valley Sewickley hospital.

The Allegheny County medical examiner’s office identified the victim as David Bupp, 46, of Harmony.

The plant manufactures seamless pipes and provides testing and inspections.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating.

OSHA has inspected the Ambridge facility in the past. In August 2017, a worker’s finger was caught in machinery and his fingertip was amputated.

OSHA has up to six months to complete its investigation.

Click here to read more from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Man dies after electrocution and fall while working as subcontractor at South Carolina high school


Man dies after electrocution and fall while working as subcontractor at South Carolina high school

A 28-year-old subcontractor working at Georgetown High School in South Carolina died on Thursday.

The victim, a resident of Myrtle Beach, fell about eight feet off a ladder to the floor after being electrocuted. An autopsy Friday determined the cause of death was electrocution.

“All agencies and authorities have been notified about this accident and it is being investigated. Our prayers go out to the individual’s family and friends”, said Ray White, public information officer for Georgetown County Schools.

In a press release from the Georgetown County School District,

“In a tragic accident this afternoon at Georgetown High a subcontractor working at the school was killed when he was accidentally electrocuted. EMS personnel responded quickly and the victim was transported to Georgetown Memorial Hospital. All agencies and authorities have been notified about this accident and it is being investigated. Our prayers go out to the individual’s family and friends.”

For more details, read the articles from Southstrand news here, and News 13 WBTW here.

OSHA Issues 22 Citations for Safety & Health Hazards at Tire Manufacturing Facility

OSHA News Release Region 4

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Georgia Tire Manufacturer And Contractors for 22 Safety and Health Violations

MACON, GA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a combined 22 citations to Kumho Tire Georgia Inc., Sae Joong Mold Inc., and J-Brothers Inc. after a follow-up inspection found safety and health hazards at the tire manufacturing facility in Macon, Georgia. The three companies collectively face $523,895 in proposed penalties. 

OSHA cited Kumho Tire Georgia Inc. for exposing employees to fall, struck-by, and burn hazards; failing to follow hazardous energy control procedures when employees performed service and maintenance on machinery; failing to train employees on energy control procedures; and failing to provide machine guarding on various pieces of equipment throughout the facility. Proposed penalties total $507,299. OSHA initiated the follow-up inspection of the tire manufacturer after the Agency did not receive abatement documents regarding a June 2017 inspection and citations. Kumho has been placed in the Severe Violator Enforcement Program.

OSHA cited Sae Joong Mold Inc. for using damaged slings and electrical hazards. Proposed penalties total $9,093. The Agency cited J-Brothers Inc. for exposing employees to smoke inhalation and burn hazards by failing to mount portable fire extinguishers and failing to perform annual maintenance on fire extinguishers. Proposed penalties total $7,503.

Potential workplace hazards must be assessed and eliminated to ensure a safe work environment,” said OSHA Atlanta-East Area Director William Fulcher. “This employer exposed workers to multiple safety and health deficiencies that put them at risk for serious or fatal injuries.”

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