Worker Fatality After Contact with Overhead Power Lines in Pittsburgh

A 21-year-old worker came in contact with power lines while doing construction work at a Pittsburgh residence. According to a news report, he fell off scaffolding after making contact with the lines. He was pronounced dead at a Pittsburgh hospital. His employer, Ski Masonry, has been given two willful and five serious citations by OSHA; […]

Is the Host Employer or Contract Employer Responsible for Worker Safety?

In June of this year, a 47-year-old Siemens employee died while performing routine electrical maintenance work. While the cause of his death has not yet been released, he had come in contact with a wire while performing testing work at an AK Steel substation in Ashland, KY. A spokesperson said that power had already been […]

Duke Energy & OSHA Reach Informal Settlement on Shock Fatality Case

Duke Energy Florida has reached an informal agreement with OSHA concerning an employee fatality last October. In a prepared statement, Duke spokesman Valerie A. Patterson said: “Duke Energy representatives reached a settlement agreement with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on the citation from the tragic event (f) Oct. 15, 2014, that fatally injured […]

OSHA Fines Republic Steel $147,000 for lack of Face and Hand Protection in an Arc Flash

An electrical technician for Republic Steel in Blasdell, NY, sustained several arc flash injuries in October 2014 while working on live equipment. The employee suffered first degree burns on her face and third degree burns on her hand. She was removing wiring from a fan motor in an overhead crane; an ungrounded electrical conductor touched the […]