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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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.

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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.

Employer willfully failed to train employee for the hazardous electrical work he was directed to perform

OSHA News Release – Region 2

The Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC) has issued a decision affirming all safety and health citations issued by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) against Jersey City Medical Center. OSHA cited the medical center, based in Jersey City, NJ,  for electrical hazards after a maintenance employee’s fatal fall after receiving an electric shock. The judge also affirmed OSHA’s proposed penalties totaling $174,593.

In June 2016, the decedent – who was untrained in electrical safety work practices – was repairing a ceiling light fixture when the incident occurred. The judge found that the employer willfully failed to train the employee for the hazardous electrical work he was directed to perform. A three-day hearing was held in New York City in April 2018, and the decision from OSHRC issued on June 17, 2019.

“The outcome of this case shows the employer will be held accountable for willfully exposing employees to serious hazards, and the U.S. Department of Labor stands ready to litigate such issues when employers refuse to accept responsibility,” said the Department’s Regional Solicitor Jeffrey S. Rogoff, in New York.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to help ensure these conditions for American working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education, and assistance. For more information, visit https://www.osha.gov.