CANADA: Power Pole Fires Lead to Power Outage

April 9, 2014 Leave a comment

CALGARY, CANADA:  Power has been restored to almost all of the 3,981 customers initially impacted by an early morning power outage.

It began around 5:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

Officials say the outage was caused by a power pole that caught fire along Coach Hill Road S.W.

The fire department says they’ve responded to several calls of power poles catching fire recently, mainly in the Coach Hill area.

They say power pole fires are not uncommon in the early spring.

They happen when a buildup of dirt occurs in the insulators which are used to attach electrical wires to the power poles.  A light rain, snow or even dense fog can produce the right conditions for the insulators to start to overheat which will cause the fire.

Impacted communities included West Springs, Patterson Heights, Cougar Ridge, Coach Hill and Bowness.

Story Via: globalnews.ca

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Arkansas: Railcar Company Faces $61K in Fines from OSHA

March 6, 2014 Leave a comment

Marmaduke, Ark: The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited American Railcar Industries Inc., headquartered in Saint Charles, Mo., for 10 serious safety violations after an employee was electrocuted while performing repair work on a tanker-style railcar July 25 at the company’s work site near Marmaduke.

“Exposing workers to electrocution hazards without proper safeguards and training is inexcusable,” said Carlos Reynolds, the agency’s area director in Little Rock. “It is the employer’s responsibility to create a safe and healthful workplace where preventable hazards don’t cost workers their lives.”

Upon receiving a fatality report from the employer, OSHA‘s Little Rock Area Office initiated an investigation July 26 at the company’s facility on Highway 34 East and found that workers were being exposed to electrical shocks from welding equipment. The violations include failing to provide personal protection for employees conducting cutting and welding operations; properly mark the power supply and control boxes for voltage, current and wattage; use fixed wiring instead of flexible cords and protect the wiring from possible damage; remove defective electrical equipment from service; and inspect and mark web slings. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

American Railcar Industries, which employs about 260 workers at the Marmaduke facility and about 1,500 workers nationwide, designs and manufactures railcars.

Proposed penalties total $61,400. The company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director in Little Rock or contest the citations and penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

Story Via: thv11.com

New York: Subcontractor Suffers Burn From Arc Flash

February 26, 2014 Leave a comment

Rochester, NY: A man was injured from an electrical explosion at Advanced Glass Industries Inc. on Emerson Street just before 11:30 a.m. Thursday.

Rural Metro Ambulance Services reported that the man, 57, was taken with flash burn to Strong Memorial Hospital after the explosion, which occurred at 1335 Emerson St. He received burns to 25 percent of his body, mainly to his face, hands and arms, according to Capt. Joseph Luna of the Rochester Fire Department.

The man was a subcontractor who had been hired by the business to do electrical maintenance work, said Rochester Fire Department Battalion Chief Dan Mancuso. He said an arc flash, or an exposed current between two conductors, caused the injury.

Advanced Glass Industries is one of the world’s largest suppliers of precision machined optical glass blanks, molded optical glass blanks and slumped optical glass blanks, according to the company’s web site. The company was founded just after World War II as Fischer Optical, according to the website.

Story Via: www.democratandchronicle.com

Connecticut: OSHA Hands Out $56K in Fines

February 26, 2014 Leave a comment
Chessire, CT: OSHA has cited Artbeats Inc. for alleged repeat and serious safety violations related to lockout/tagout, electrical safety, and combustible dust and has issued $56,430 in proposed fines.

OSHA announced an enforcement case against Cheshire, Conn.-based Artbeats Inc. for alleged repeat and serious safety violations. The company—which manufactures reproductions and prints of paintings—has been cited for $56,430 in proposed fines. The inspection was completed in early December following a worker complaint.

According to the OSHA news release, the inspection found the facility allegedly at fault for similar hazards the company was cited for in June 2010 at its Waterbury facility. The repeat hazards include alleged failure to provide a program to ensure workers are trained to power down and lock out industrial saws before conducting maintenance, failure to provide a chemical hazard communication program and training on the risks and safeguards associated with chemicals and failure to prevent usage of unapproved electrical equipment in areas that generate combustible wood dust.

The company received eight repeat violations for the above conditions. OSHA also issued one serious violations for an inadequately guarded radial arm saw.

Story Via: ohsonline.com

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FL: Electrical Fire Sends Workers to Hospital

February 26, 2014 Leave a comment

Jacksonville, FL: Jacksonville Fire Rescue Department and the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office responded to reports of an explosion at the Advanced Disposal Tuesday.

Police and fire crews responded to Advance Disposal at 9798 Normandy Boulevard in the Normandy Estates area of the Westside around 8 a.m. Tuesday following reports of an explosion and small fire.

At least two men in their 20s were injured in the blast.  A 29-year-old victim was air lifted to UF Health Jacksonville initially, according to Tom Francis with JFRD. He was later air lifted with critical injuries to UF Health Shands Hospital burn unit, according to JSO Sgt. Jay Farhat. The 29-year-old was injured when his clothes caught on fire after being shocked.

According to a release from Advanced Disposal, staff extinguished the fire with a fire extinguisher and called 911.

A 26-year-old victim suffered minor injuries, including having his hair singed, and was not transported to the hospital.

The victims are both employees of Pilot Electrical Construction Co and were working on a wall panel they thought was turned off.

JFRD is continuing its investigation of the incident.

First Coast News has been looking into Pilot Electrical Construction Company’s history. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports, company work sites have been inspected three times since the early ’80s, twice as routine and once in response to a complaint.

OSHA records show the violations were “serious,” a level below the more serious “willful” or “repeated” violations.

Violation codes ranged from failure to distribute Material Safety Data Sheets to employees to the presence of work site debris.

OSHA has opened an investigation into today’s incident. They have six months from today to issue a citation should they chose to do so.

Story Via: www.firstcoastnews.com

Louisiana: Worker Killed in Louisiana Electrical Accident

February 17, 2014 Leave a comment

Benton, LA: The Occupational Health and Safety Administration is now investigating the electrical accident that injured two men and killed one on the grounds of a Bossier Parish park.

The man fatally injured in an electrical accident Thursday morning in Benton has been identified as 34-year-old Brandon Beaver of Shreveport.

According to the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office, Beaver was one of 3 men injured while working on a ground-level transformer Thursday morning at Cypress Black Bayou Park.

Lt. Bill Davis says the men were taken to local hospitals shortly after rescuers were called around 11:30 a.m. Thursday for a report of a possible electrocution at the park.

As additional details begin to emerge, it appears that there had been some electrical issues at the park. 2 contractors were working on it when park director Robert Berry happened to walk by and realize they were in distress.

According to park office personnel, the contractors had been gripped by the current flowing from a live power line through their bodies. Berry reportedly shoulder-checked them from the line, injuring himself in the process.

911 was called, and a park staffer attempted CPR on the victims. Their names have not been released.

1 of the contractors was taken to University Health, his injuries are considered non life-threatening. Beaver and another were taken to Willis Knighton North. Initially KSLA News 12 was told by the Bossier Sheriff’s Office that Beaver was rushed to University Health but that detail has since been retracted.

Bossier Sheriff’s investigators say they have deemed the incident a tragic accident.

OSHA arrived at the park around 1 o’clock Friday afternoon. Juan Rodriguez with OSHA’s public affairs office says investigators with OSHA will interview witnesses and employees, and look for any OSHA violations at the area where the accident happened.

Story Via: www.ksla.com

 

Ohio: $86K in Fines for Ohio Plant for Safety Violations

February 17, 2014 Leave a comment

Ohio: The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited G&J Pepsi-Cola Bottlers Inc. for seven workplace health and safety violations, carrying proposed penalties of $86,900. OSHA initiated an inspection of the Franklin Furnace plant in July 2013 under its Site-Specific Targeting Program, which targets facilities with higher than average illness and injury rates.

“This company consistently failed to protect its workers and implement basic safety requirements,” said Bill Wilkerson, OSHA’s area director in Cincinnati. “Repeat violations demonstrate a lack of commitment to employee safety and health, and that is unacceptable when employee safety is on the line.”

Two repeat safety violations involve failing to ensure that employees utilize appropriate personal protective  equipment when working with electrical sources and implement lockout/tagout procedures to prevent the unintentional startup of equipment during maintenance and servicing, when employees are most at risk.

A repeat violation exists when an employer previously has been cited for the same or a similar violation at any other facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years. The same violations were cited in 2009 at the company’s Hamilton facility.

Five serious safety citations were issued to the company. Two of those violations involved failure to use lockout/tagout procedures. The remaining three included failing to perform hazard assessments related to personal protective equipment, failure to use appropriate protective equipment and failure to perform annual fit testing to ensure employees wore respirators. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

G&J employs more than 1,600 people at 11 locations in Ohio and Kentucky, including production facilities in Lexington and Winchester, Ky., and in Columbus and Portsmouth, Ohio. G&J has distribution centers in Hamilton, Ripley, Hillsboro, Athens, Chillicothe, and Zanesville and in Harrodsburg, Ky. The company has contested the findings before the independent Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission.

Story Via: norwalkreflector.com

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