Archive for March, 2013

WV: Worker Electrocuted at Lunch

March 29, 2013 Leave a comment

MINGO COUNTY, WV:  The name of a logger who was electrocuted has been released.

The Mingo County Sheriff’s Office tells that Elbert Allen Hinkle, 27, of Beech Creek, was electrocuted around noon Tuesday in the Newtown area.

Investigators tell that Hinkle was on his lunch break and was electrocuted in an un-work related incident.

Hinkle was an employee with C&A Timber Company.

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AZ: Copper Thief Electrocuted

March 29, 2013 Leave a comment

Phoenix, AZ: A man was electrocuted and killed in Glendale in an apparent commercial copper theft gone wrong.

Glendale Police report a 57-year old man was found with third degree burns on 100 percent of his body at an abandoned commercial yard.

Police suspect the man was trying to steal copper out of a transformer and met his demise. His fatal efforts also knocked out power to 1,400 residential and business customers for about an hour, according to authorities.

Copper thefts are a big problem for commercial property owners, businesses and even schools and churches targeted by thieves.

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Bangladesh: Worker Electrocuted

March 21, 2013 Leave a comment

Bangladesh:  A day labour died after being electrocuted in Boiragipara area of Rangpur city on Sunday night. The deceased is Biplob Mohanta, 19, son of Bishu Mohanta, of the same area. Witnesses said Biplob died on the spot as he came into contact with a live electric wire while working at a house in the area.  An unnatural death case was filed with Rangpur Kotwali Police Station in this connection, said Md Shahabuddin Khalifa, officer-in-charge of the police station.

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IN: Parker Hannifin Maintenance Worker Electrocuted

March 21, 2013 Leave a comment

LIGONIER, IN:  A worker at a northern Indiana plant has died after officials say he was apparently electrocuted while doing maintenance work inside the plant.

Ligonier police detective Sgt. Gary Cox says 55-year-old Mark A. Werbianskyj was found unconscious at Parker Hannifin’s Ligonier plant late Monday night by co-workers who tried to revive him. Medics later pronounced him dead at the scene.

Noble County Coroner Joan Cripe tells the Journal Gazette  that an autopsy was completed Tuesday, but official results were not available.

Cripes says it’s presumed that the Elkhart man was electrocuted. He was performing maintenance work at the time he collapsed at the plant.

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CT: Electrical Fire at Elementary School

March 21, 2013 Leave a comment

Stratford, CT: At 6 p.m. Monday the 911 center received a 911 call and subsequent automatic fire alarm from Chapel Street Elementary School located at 3 Chapel St. in the town’s North End.

Operators of the ABC aftercare program who were working at the school were alerted by a parent that a light fixture hanging from the cathedral ceiling in the schools all-purpose room was on fire.

The school was evacuated and upon arrival firefighters found a moderate smoke condition in the affected area and a pile of melted plastic on the gym floor. Firefighters used water extinguishers to extinguish the remains of the light fixture. Firefighters used high volume smoke ejectors to remove the remaining smoke from structure.

There were no reported injuries of civilians or firefighters. The town’s fire marshal Deputy Chief Brian Lampart was summoned to the scene to investigate the cause of the late-day electrical fire.

The cause was determined to be caused by a malfunctioning fluorescent light fixture. As a future precaution Deputy Chief Lampart will be ordering the school district to replace the remaining light fixtures with a different model unit.

Four engines, one ladder, the assistant chief/shift commander and two deputy chiefs responded to the incident for a total of 25 personnel. The emergency call was dispatched at 6 p.m., the first arriving apparatus arrived at 6:03 p.m., the fire was under control at 6:15 p.m., and the last fire unit cleared the scene at 7:03 p.m. The school was expected to open on Tuesday at the normal time.

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WA: Firefighters save home from Electrical Fire

March 21, 2013 Leave a comment

Snoqualmie, WA:  A quick response by the Carnation Fire Department Thursday, March 14, saved a home in the 5900 block of 322nd Avenue Northeast.

The electrical fire, reported at 8:38 a.m., appeared to start in the fuse box on the dryer, when a resident of the home was doing laundry, said King County Fire Investigator Todd Legg.

Reportedly, the resident had just started the dryer when she heard sparking, Legg said, and she found flames coming from the electrical panel. From the dryer, the fire spread to the home’s meter box, but the damage was quickly contained.

“The response from the fire department was two minutes,” Legg said.

Eastside Fire and Rescue reported that all occupants of the home were safely evacuated and no injuries were reported. There was some smoke in the home.

Firefighters left the scene around 10 a.m., and the fire investigation has been concluded.

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Uniforms: Safety from Arc Flash

March 21, 2013 Leave a comment

“A few years back, a national survey conducted by J.D. Power and Associates for the textile service industry found that customers are more inclined to do business with employees who wear uniforms because they stood out as professionals and were seen as being more competent and knowledgeable. Those survey results hold true today and can translate into real bottom line benefits for those companies choosing a managed uniform program for their employees.”

Adam Soreff says the top 10 reasons businesses opt for work uniform programs are:

1. Create an attractive business image. For better or worse, society tends
to judge people by how they dress. Selecting an appropriate employee
uniform can immediately establish a professional business image that
attracts and helps retain customers.
2. Promote a Brand. When employees wear uniforms displaying corporate logos
and colors, they help brand and differentiate their business in the
markets they serve.
3. Free advertising. Well designed work uniforms worn in public become
"walking billboards," promoting a company's products and services "for
4. Protect workers. Uniforms deliver functional benefits, like wearer
safety. For example, flame resistant (FR) workwear can help prevent
injuries caused by accidental electrical arc flashes or flash fires, and
high visibility uniforms can help protect workers from being struck by
motorized vehicles.
5. Improve security. Company uniforms featuring specific styles or colors
quickly identify who does or does not belong in specific work areas or on
job sites.
6. Prevent product cross-contamination. Uniform programs designed
specifically for the food or healthcare industries can help reduce
cross-contamination threats; those constructed to dissipate static
electricity can help prevent damage to sensitive electronic components.
7. Create team spirit. Work uniforms promote a sense of team spirit and a
sense of belonging. This, in turn, can improve worker productivity.
8. Employee benefit. Employer provided uniforms save employees money, and
when provided as part of a rental program, eliminate employee laundering
time and expense.
9. Improve customer relationships. Work uniforms immediately identify
company representatives who can be approached for purchasing information,
thereby improving overall customer service.
10. Promote company pride. Work uniforms help instill a sense of pride and
responsibility and can convert employees into "brand ambassadors"
outside the actual workplace.

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FL: Employers Responsible for Electrocutions

March 12, 2013 Leave a comment

Fort Meyers Beach, FL: About five months after the deaths of two maintenance workers on Fort Myers Beach, their employers have received safety citations that could cost them thousands of dollars.

Juan Bocanegra, 37, of Fort Myers, and Dustin Manning, 30, of Bradenton, were electrocuted in September when the basket of a cherry picker they were standing in struck a power line. The men were hired to remove molding damaged by woodpeckers at Bella Lago condos, off Bay Beach Road on Fort Myers Beach.

On Feb. 25, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) found the two companies that employed the victims to be in violation of several safety policies, according to citations sent out by the organization.

OSHA recommended J Baller Construction, a Fort Myers-based company that employed Bocanegra, pay $11,900 for four violations. According OSHA’s citation, J Baller did not provide its employees accident prevention training, it did not train the aerial lift operator in the hazards of working near energized power lines, and it allowed employees to work in proximity to power lines. OSHA also found Bocanegra was not wearing a safety belt at the time of the accident.

OSHA recommended a $5,600 fine for Cutting Edge Molding, a Sarasota-based company, because Manning was not wearing a safety belt and the company did not instruct its employees in the importance of using fall protection equipment.

Both companies have contested the proposed violations and will have a hearing before the OSHA review commission, according to spokesman Michael D’Aquino.

OSHA citations give recipients the right to contest violations within 15 working days of notification.

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CT: Pizza Shop Burns from Faulty Electrical Wiring

March 12, 2013 Leave a comment

NEW HAVEN, CT:  An electrical fire caused some interior damage at More Than Pizza in New Haven.

More Than Pizza on Blake Street sustained some interior damage Tuesday afternoon.

The shop will be closed for a few days while they clean up and fix the wiring, which caused the fire.

Everyone got out safely.

Fire crews are clearing the scene.

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NY: OSHA Fines Hunter Panels LLC $123K – Lockout Tagout and Electrical

March 12, 2013 Leave a comment

Kingston, NY: OSHA has cited a manufacturer of roof insulation panels with 23 alleged serious safety violations following an inspection that began in July 2012.  OSHA found several deficiencies in the plant’s process safety management (PSM) program.  The chemical was n-pentane, an organic compound used in the manufacturing process. The cited deficiencies included missing PSI, failing to develop and implement SWP, correct equipment deficiencies, follow up on the findings of compliance audits, address all hazards identified during a PHA, and document the resolution of corrective actions, in the plant’s emergency response, confined space and hazardous energy control programs, lack of personal protective equipment, accumulation of combustible dust, as well as fall and respirator hazards.  Here is a breakdown of the citations…

Combustible Dust

  • 1910.22(a)(1) – Combustible Dusts on structures and surfaces (Serious; $5K)

Process Safety Information

  • 1910.119(d)(1)(v) – no corrosivity data on the metallic Type 321 SS hoses used in the process (Serious; $7K)

Process Hazard Analysis

  • 1910.119(e)(3)(i) – The PHA did not address the hazards of a combustible dust deflagration, a release of pentane due to the failure of the SS braided hoses, the CUNO filter plugging at the pentane pump. (Serious; $7K)
  • 1910.119(e)(5) – No system to track 2007 and 2012 PHA recommendations to closure, items were not closed in a timely manner, the resolutions were not documented, and did not communicate the actions to operating, maintenance and other employees who work assignments were in the process. (Serious; $5K)

Operating Procedures

  • 1910.119(f)(4) – No line break procedure and no LOTO and CS Entry procedures to address the isolation of pentane lines during maintenance of a laminator. (Serious; $7K)

Mechanical Integrity

  • 1910.119(j)(2) – No maintenance procedures to maintain the on-going integrity of pentane piping systems, including corrosion under insulation (CUI) inspection procedures. (Serious; $7K)
  • 1910.119(j)(4) – the frequency of inspections and tests of the Type 321 SS Flexible Metallic hose was not determined.  (Serious; $0)
  • 1910.119(j)(5) – did not correct deficiencies in the steel piping to and from the CUNO pentane filter was not painted in accordance with design specification, NFPA-30, or other methods to provide similar protection from corrosion.  (Serious; $7K)

Management of Change

  • 1910.119(l)(1) – Hazards were not evaluated through an MOC for the addition of the CUNO Auto-Klean Model EG Filter at the pentane transfer pump.  (Serious; $7K)

Compliance Audit

  • 1910.119(o(4) – did not document closures from the 2007 and 2009 audits.(Serious; $7K)

Emergency Response

  • 1910.120(q)2)(iii) – the emergency response plan did not define the types of releases and emergencies that could potentially require an emergency response vs. incidental releases.  (Serious; $5K)
  • 1910.120(q)2)(iv) – the emergency response plan identified only one location as an assembly area; alternative areas were not considered.  (Serious; $0)
  • 1910.120(q)(8)(i) – The safety manager, acting as the emergency coordinator, did not have annual refresher training. (Serious; $5K)

Personal Protective Equipment

  • 1910.133(a)(1) – personnel were not wearing goggles to protect against dripping grease and dust while lubricating the Laminator. (Serious; $3K)
  • 1910.134(c)(1) – No written respiratory protection program for required respirator use.  Employees were required to use 3M 8210 disposable N95 respirators for certain jobs.  (Serious; $5K)
  • 1910.134(e)(1) – No medical evaluations to determine employee’s ability to use a respirator. (Serious; $0)
  • 1910.134(k)(3) – No respirator training. (Serious; $0)
  • 1910.138(b) – Wearing improper gloves while opening chemical pumps to remove and clean out filters. (Serious; $6K)
  • 1910.134(d)(1)(iii) – employer did not identify and evaluate the respiratory hazards in the workplace, including a reasonable estimate of employee exposures to respiratory hazards and identification of the contaminants chemical state and physical form. (Other-than-Serious; $0)

Permit-Required Confined Spaces

  • 1910.146(d)(3)(i) – did not develop and implement the means, procedures, and practices necessary for safe permit space entry operations, including specifying acceptable entry conditions, such as: the speed of the conveyor, the temperature in the laminator, and the level of pentane.  (Serious; $5K)
  • 1910.146(d)(5)(i) – did not test conditions in the permit spa e to determine if acceptable entry condition existed before entry was authorized. (Serious; $0)
  • 1910.146(f)(9) – entry permit did not identify the acceptable entry conditions. (Serious; $0)
  • 1910.146(d)(9) – no procedures for summoning rescue and emergency services to rescue employees and for preventing unauthorized personnel from attempting a rescue. (Serious; $5K)
  • 1910.146(j)(4) – entry supervisors did not verify that entry supervisor(s) verified that rescue services were available and that the means for summoning them were operable.  (Serious; $0)
  • 1910.146(k)(1)(i) – did not evaluate a prospective rescuer’s ability to respond a rescue summons in a timely manner, considering the hazard(s) identified.  The facility stated they would use “911”. (Serious; $0)
  • 1910.146(k)(1)(ii) – did not evaluate a prospective rescuer’s ability in terms of proficiency with rescue-related tasks and equipment, to function appropriately while rescuing entrants.  The facility stated they would use “911”. (Serious; $0)
  • 1910.146(d)(3)(iii) – did not develop and implement the means, procedures, and practices necessary for safe permit space entry operations, including isolating the permit space.  (Serious; $5K)
  • 1910.146(f)(7) – entry permit did not identify the hazards of the permit space to be entered.  (Serious; $0)
  • 1910.146(g)(1) – entry supervisor that supervising an entry did not receive adequate training about the control of hazards due to the employer having an inadequate procedure for entry.  (Serious; $5K)
  • 1910.146(f)(3) – an entry permit had the incorrect date of entry (Other-than-Serious; $0)

LOTO (Lockout Tagout)

  • 1910.147(c)(4)(i) – no machine specific LOTO procedures for entry into the laminator and no procedures for line breaks. (Serious; $5K)
  • 1910.147(c)(7)(i)(A) – authorized personnel did not receive training in the recognition of applicable hazardous energy sources, the type and magnitude of energy available in the workplace and the methods and means necessary for energy isolation and control.  (Serious; $5K)


  • 1910.303(b)(2) – a two-receptacle 120V metallic outlet box was used on the end of a flexible cord to provide electricity to a fluorescent lamp during a PRCS entry.  The box was designed to be wall mounted instead of being placed on the floor. (Serious; $3K)
  • 1910/305(g)(2)(iii) – a flexible cord attached to a fluorescent light was not provided with strain relief in that the outer shielding had separated from the light.  (Serious; $3K)

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