by Hugh Hoagland
November 18, 2009
O’Connell Electric Co. Inc. could face as much as $88,200 in fines if found guilty of the allegations prompted by a company employee being burned May 18 from an electrical arc flash on the North Campus of the State University of New York at Buffalo.
O’Connell Electric’s chief executive officer, Victor E. Salerno, said today the company is challenging the allegations. “The good news is the employee is back to work,” said Salerno of the employee from the Rochester area who was burned in the incident.
“We believe we followed all the proper procedures to protect our employees,” added Salerno. The company has done its own investigation of the incident and related activity, he said, and is confident it will prevail against the allegations by OSHA.