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AT&T Worker Fatally Electricuted by Electrical Fault in Michigan

DETROIT, MICHIGAN – Kevin James, an AT&T splicing technician and member of CWA Local 4100, was fatally electrocuted April 15 while working on a telephone pole in Detroit. The accident is under investigation by Michigan OSHA.

CWA Occupational Safety and Health Director Dave LeGrande said electrical hazards have been a major concern for his office and local safety activists, who have held workshops and met with employers to work together to reduce risks.  Electrical Accidents continue to be the 5th leading cause of industrial accidents according to OSHA.

A Local 4100 steward is accompanying OSHA investigators as they try to determine what happened. James was on a ladder, belted in, to work on telecom lines hanging at least 15 feet below electrical wires, Wynn said. One of the electrical lines came loose. James was found deceased when a barking dog alerted  its owner that something was wrong.

Story Via Communication Workers of America

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