Archive for May, 2010

11 Year Old Boy Electrocuted by 11,000 Volts in Pennsylvania

Canadian Man Fatally Electrocuted While Operating a Crane

NJ Company Fined by OSHA for Electrical Safety Violations

JERSEY CITY, NEW JERSEY – Three companies were cited Monday by federal officials for violating workplace safety standards. The U.S. Department ofLabor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Importers Service Corp. of Jersey City, N.J., for a deficient system for controlling the release of hazardous energy, inadequate protective equipment for workers and electrical hazards, among other violations. The proposed fines total $158,500.

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CT Plant Gets Fined by OSHA for Numerous Electrical Hazards

WEST HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Har-Conn Chrome Company Inc. for 45 alleged serious violations of safety and health standards at its West Hartford, Conn., metal finishing plant.

“The conditions found at this workplace exposed employees to a variety of potential hazards including electrocution, fire, falls, lacerations and exposure to toxic substances,” said Paul Mangiafico, OSHA’s area director in Hartford. “For the safety and health of its workers, this employer must address these hazards completely, effectively and on an ongoing basis to prevent their recurrence.”

OSHA’s inspection identified numerous electrical hazards, including exposed live parts, damaged or misused electrical equipment and wiring, blocked access to electrical wiring and the use of unapproved wiring; unguarded saws, fans and grinders; improper transfer of flammable liquids; improper storage of compressed gas cylinders; confined space hazards; untrained forklift operators; lack of personal protective equipment; and lack of emergency eyewashes.

OSHA has proposed a total of $77,500 in fines. OSHA issues serious citations when death or serious physical harm is likely to result from hazards about which the employer knew or should have known.

Har-Conn Chrome has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and proposed penalties to comply, meet with the OSHA area director or contest the citations and penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

Story Via Reliable Plant

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

Two NJ Men Burned in Electrical Accident When Power by PSE&G Restored

May 17, 2010 5 comments

JERSEY CITY, NEW JERSEY – An electrician doing work at a Downtown Jersey City high-rise was rushed to the hospital yesterday with life-threatening second- and third-degree burns after power was restored to an electrical switch he thought was turned off, officials said.

Police were called to Pershing Plaza at 95 Christopher Columbus Drive at 12:06 a.m. and found the 47-year-old electrician lying face down on the first floor, reports said.

EMS rushed him and a 33-year-old electrician, who suffered minor burns to his left forearm, to the trauma center at Jersey City Medical Center, reports said.

But the burns to the 47-year-old were so severe, he was airlifted to the Burn Unit at St. Barnabas Hospital in Livingston at about 3 a.m., Fire Director Armando Roman said.

The 47-year-old was listed in critical condition yesterday.

Both men work for Scholes Electric & Communication in Piscataway, reports said.

The less injured victim told police that his co-worker was changing a switch after checking that power had been shut down for the work.   He said that while working on the switch, PSE&G restored power, reports said.

At that point, there was a large flash followed by an electrical fire that burned both victims, reports said.

David Hollenbeck, a spokesman for PSE&G, said that the cause of the accident is under investigation but a PSE&G crew working with the building engineer was advised that the contractors had completed their work and began to restore power.

When a PSE&G employee heard a flash he stopped restoring power immediately, Hollenbeck said.

Scholes Electric could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Police have notified the state Occupational Health and Safety Administration about the incident, reports said.

Story Via Jersey City News

32 Wind Farm Substation Arc Flash Accidents Reported in 2009

May 17, 2010 1 comment

In 2009, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration reported 32 arc flash accident investigations related to wind farm substationsArc flashes, if left unmitigated, erupt and continue building into explosive forces that can tear apart switchgear enclosures. To prevent such destruction, conventional arc resistant switchgear attempts to channel these explosions through ducts away from the operator. But this does not mitigate the arc flash, and it severely compromises worker safety nearby the switchgear. Industry reports estimate that the average cost for medical treatment of an arc-flash survivor is $1.5 million, with costs of litigation reaching up to $10 million

Story Via WindPowerExpo Press Release