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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 WSAZ.com that Elbert Allen Hinkle, 27, of Beech Creek, was electrocuted around noon Tuesday in the Newtown area.

Investigators tell WSAZ.com 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.

Story via wsaz.com

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.

Story via bizjournals.com

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.

Story via dailystar.net

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.

Story via southbendtribune.com

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.

Story via stratfordpatch.com

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.

Story via valleyrecord.com

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
free."
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.

Story via providencejournal.com