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; the proposed fines are $201,354. The contractor is also on OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP).

The citations include knowingly allowing employees to work within 10 feet of overhead, energized, and uninsulated electrical lines; failing to provide fall protection; and using scaffolding without a secure base plate.

Hugh Hoagland

Hugh Hoagland

Hugh Hoagland is the foremost tester of clothing and PPE exposed to electrical arcs and is an arc flash expert. Read more about Hugh.

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