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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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West Virginia officials say a 40-year-old coal mine electrician has died in an accident.

West Virginia officials say a 40-year-old coal mine electrician has died in an accident.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia officials say a 40-year-old coal mine electrician has died in an accident.

The West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training says Steven Vernon Keeney of Sylvester died of injuries from an apparent electrical shock.

 The accident happened at 12:18 a.m. Tuesday at the Panther Creek Mining American Eagle Mine in the Kanawha County community of Cabin Creek. Keeney was a certified electrician at the mine.

The agency’s inspectors are investigating.

It is the third coal mining fatality in West Virginia this year and the 10th nationwide. The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration says four have occurred in Kentucky, two in Pennsylvania and one in Illinois.

Gov. Jim Justice said he and first lady Cathy Justice were sad to hear about the loss.

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DeKalb Molded Plastic molding supervisor dies after electric shock

Butler, Ind. — A molding supervisor at DeKalb Molded Plastics Co. died on Aug. 4, less than a month after he suffered an electrical shock in a July 18 accident at the company’s Butler facility.

The company said Larry Griffin Jr. was working around one of the company’s presses, which was not in operation, when he received the shock. The company said the incident and the death have been reported to the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

The company released a statement saying that it was saddened by the news.

“The company sustains supportive efforts towards Mr. Griffin’s family, which include two sons, age eight and five, and his fiancee,” the statement said. “DeKalb Molded Plastics has a strong record of employee safety and continues to assure workplace safety as a No. 1 priority.”

DeKalb said Griffin worked at the custom structural foam molder for 10 years.
 
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Underground Electrical-Arc flash Injured 2 Workers in Grand Rapids

Two Consumers Energy workers were injured in a flash explosion in an underground storage area in Grand Rapids.

The workers are recovering. Consumers Energy is continuing to investigate the cause of the flash explosion.

They were working in an underground, concrete vault, where electrical-distribution equipment is kept and maintained, when they were burned by an electrical-arc flash, Consumers Energy spokesman Roger Morgenstern said.

Morgenstern described the vault as a “small working area” that also houses equipment.

The work was related to a construction project on Division that includes improved electrical reliability downtown.

“Our thoughts are with the employees and their families as they continue to recover from their injuries”, said Consumers in a statement.

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OSHA Cites Metal Extraction Facility After Workers Burned by Arc Flash

OSHA Cites Metal Extraction Facility After Workers Burned by Arc Flash

ASARCO faces $278,456 in penalties for two willful violations and one serious violation.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited ASARCO – a metal smelting company – for electrical hazards after an arc flash caused three workers to suffer severe burns at its facility in Hayden, Arizona. The company faces $278,456 in penalties for two willful violations and one serious violation.

OSHA inspectors determined the arc flash occurred after the insertion of a breaker into a 4,160-volt switchgear. OSHA cited the company for its failure to provide a pre-job briefing before work began on the energized switchgear, render the electrical breaker inoperable before work began, and ensure the injured employees had arc-flash protective clothing.

“Employers must not jeopardize the safety of workers,” said OSHA Regional Administrator Barbara Goto, in San Francisco, California. “Arc flash hazards are well known, but can be eliminated when workers are properly trained and protective equipment is provided.”

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