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HSE Fines Construction Firm For Not Following Electrical Work Regulations

January 5, 2012 Leave a comment

United Kingdom – A man suffered a serious electrical shock after cutting into cable in an accident at a building site.

The unnamed man worked for Wain Homes (North West) Ltd at the time of the incident in November 2010. The firm was building a group of new houses and refurbishing an existing farm house as part of the same project.

The 42 year old labourer was asked to cut an electricity cable that was running through the cellar of the farm property. He had been told that there was no power running through the cable and that it was safe to cut.

However, when he cut the cable he suffered a 230 volt electric shock. The shock was strong enough to throw him across the room.

The HSE investigated the accident and found that the construction firm had not checked existing cables on the property to see if they were live or not. The company were prosecuted for breaking construction regulations and pleaded guilty at court recently.

They were fined £8,000 for breaking rules designed to protect the safety of workers.

Landscaper Electrocuted in Bermuda

January 5, 2012 Leave a comment

Prembroke, Bermuda – In a tragic start to the Christmas holiday, an 18-year-old Pembroke, Kevin Ledo, man died this afternoon [Dec.24] after receiving an electrical shock.

The police have now confirmed the death of the 18-year-old landscape worker following an accident at 11.45am today at a Smiths Avenue, Warwick residence. Police said there does not appear to be any suspicious circumstances, however an autopsy is anticipated.

Police confirm that he was working as a landscaper when he received an electrical shock. He was rushed to hospital via ambulance, where he unfortunately succumbed to his injuries.

The Bermuda Fire & Rescue Service, the Police and an ambulance all responded immediately after the accident. Police secured the scene, with crime scene tape surrounding a ladder and a hedge.

A police spokesperson said, “Around 11:45am on Saturday, December 24th police responded to a reported industrial accident at a Smiths Avenue, Warwick residence. It appears that a landscaper was carrying out work on the property when he received an electrical shock.

“On police arrival EMTs were already at the scene performing CPR on the victim, an 18 year old Pembroke man. The victim was then taken to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital via ambulance, where he was subsequently pronounced dead at 1:20pm by an on call physician.

“There does not appear to be any suspicious circumstances; however an autopsy is anticipated and inquiries are ongoing. No further information will be released until the next of kin have been notified,” concluded the police spokesperson.

Story via Bernews.com

 

Note from blogger:  The picture below is from Bernews.  The picture shows a conductive ladder with long-handeled trimmer at it’s base and power lines above.  The minimum clearance from the power lines should be 10′. with any tools.

Two IBEW Contract Electricians Injured at Caterpillar in IL

January 5, 2012 Leave a comment
EAST PEORIA, Ill. —Investigations have begun after an electrical accidentat a Caterpillar Inc. facility Monday morning left two men injured, one seriously.

Robert Klimko, 39, reportedly of Dunlap, sustained burns to an arm, a leg and his side, said a spokesman for OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

He was flown by helicopter from that hospital to the burn unit at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford, where he was listed in serious condition later Monday.

A 34-year-old man who was also treated at St. Francis and released was identified as Scott Albritton by Mike Everett, business manager of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 34, of which both victims are members.

“I’ve seen them both and I think both will be fine,” Everett said later Monday.

He and other IBEW officials had not yet been given details of the accident, which Everett said took place at about 8 a.m. at Caterpillar’s Building BB in East Peoria.

“We’ve been focusing on getting (Klimko’s) wife and family up to Rockford” through Monday afternoon, Everett said.

Caterpillar no doubt has begun its investigation, “and I’m sure OSHA has been notified,” he said, referring to the federal Occupational Health and Safety Administration.

Both men were working on Caterpillar property under contract with Oberlander Electric Co. of Peoria at the time, Everett said.

Caterpillar issued a statement Monday afternoon confirming that “two employees of an outside company were injured while they were doing work inside a Caterpillar facility in East Peoria.”

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the injured individuals and to their families and friends. Safety is our most important responsibility at all Caterpillar facilities,” company spokesman Jim Dugan said in the statement. “Caterpillar will work closely with the appropriate parties to investigate the cause of the accident.”

East Peoria Fire Department Assistant Chief Randy Hurd said both victims were treated at the scene of the accident before they were taken by ambulance to St. Francis. He had no further details of the accident and Caterpillar released no further information regarding it Monday.

Klimko has been a member of IBEW for 18 years as a journeyman wiremen, according to published information. Further information on Albritton was unavailable Monday.

 

Story via PekinTimes.com

Update:

The condition of an electrician who was seriously burned last week in an accident at Caterpillar Inc. in East Peoria has improved.

Robert Klimko, 39, of Dunlap, was listed in fair condition Tuesday at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford, where he was flown by helicopter from a Peoria hospital after the accident the morning of Dec. 20 at Caterpillar’s Building BB.

Klimko, a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 34, was working for Oberlander Electric Co. of Peoria, under contract with Caterpillar, when he sustained burns to an arm, a leg and his side. The accident remains under investigation.

A second electrician, Scott Albritton, 34, suffered minor injuries in the accident.

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Power Line Shocks Electrical Worker in FL

January 5, 2012 Leave a comment

Fiarhope, FL- Fairhope officials say Greg McCoy, and employee with the city of Fairhope Electrical Department, was injured.

They say it was the result of a shock caused by electrical contact. McCoy was performing work on a power line located on South Section Street at Morphy Avenue when the accident occurred.

He was taken to USA Medical Center in Mobile by Life-Flight helicopter.

Scott Sligh, Superintendent of the Electric Department, stated that Mr. McCoy was wearing all required safety equipment at the time. He also said the exact circumstances that led to the accident are under investigation.

Sligh said that Mr. McCoy was in an elevated aerial lift working on the power line when the electrical contact occurred and credits other electric department employees with saving McCoy.

Benjamin Patterson and Douglas Brown, employed with the electric department, were present at the work site and brought Mr. McCoy down safely, sought medical treatment, and are credited with saving his life.

A power outage occurred as a result of the accident, affecting wide-spread areas of Fairhope, but electrical service has been restored.

Story via Fox10TV.com

Arc Flash in FL Injures Electrician

December 16, 2011 Leave a comment

NAPLES, FL — An electrician is being treated at the hospital after suffering extensive burns during an electrical explosion at a Naples resort.  The explosion was most likely the result of an arc flash.

The Naples Daily News reports 24 hotel guests and 20 employees were evacuated from the Naples Bay Resort Thursday morning.

Fire rescue says the electrician was working in the second floor meter room when an electrical fault occurred, producing a fireball that severely burned his face and right side of his body. He was treated at the scene by firefighters before being taken to the hospital.

Story via OrlandoSentinnel.com

 

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Power Line Shocks Electrical Worker in AK

December 16, 2011 Leave a comment

Fairhope, AK – Fairhope officials say Greg McCoy, and employee with the city of Fairhope Electrical Department, was injured.

They say it was the result of a shock caused by electrical contact. McCoy was performing work on a power line located on South Section Street at Morphy Avenue when the accident occurred.

He was taken to USA Medical Center in Mobile by Life-Flight helicopter.
Scott Sligh, Superintendent of the Electric Department, stated that Mr. McCoy was wearing all required safety equipment at the time. He also said the exact circumstances that led to the accident are under investigation.

Sligh said that Mr. McCoy was in an elevated aerial lift working on the power line when the electrical contact occurred and credits other electric department employees with saving McCoy.

Benjamin Patterson and Douglas Brown, employed with the electric department, were present at the work site and brought Mr. McCoy down safely, sought medical treatment, and are credited with saving his life.

A power outage occurred as a result of the accident, affecting wide-spread areas of Fairhope, but electrical service has been restored.

 

Story via Fox10TV.com

 

2 Electricians Shocked Working on Panel in MA

December 15, 2011 Leave a comment

Norton, MA – Earlier today, fire and rescue officials were deployed to Horizon Beverage facility, located at 45 Commerce Way, Norton, for two electricians who were injured by an electrical shock.

Both men, who were working on an electrical panel, were taken to area hospitals for treatment of electrical burns.

According to reports by Sun Chronicle, fire captain Shawn Simmons said that one worker suffered  second-degree burns to his face and another suffered minor burns. The victims were subcontractors at the site  and  were not employees of Horizon Beverage, Simmons said.

One worker has since been treated and released; the other remains hospitalized.

The exact cause of the accident is under investigation.

“Our thoughts are with the injured men and their families,” said vice president of operations Michael Epstein.

Story via NortonPatch.com

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2 Firefighters Shocked Responding to Fire in MA

December 13, 2011 Leave a comment
BOSTON, MA Four Boston firefighters were hospitalized after battling a fire Saturday night in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood.
 
The fire at 25 Peterborough St. broke out in an apartment on the first floor about 8:15 p.m., sending the residents of the 30 units in the building to the street. 100 residents were forced to find other places to live.
 
Two firefighters went to the hospital after being shocked by electric lines; two others suffered chest pains.

 Fire officials believe the fire was started by an electrical short circuit. Damage to the building was estimated at $200,000.

Story via TheBostonChannel.com

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Contract Worker Injured at Boeing in WA – Probable Arc Flash

December 13, 2011 Leave a comment
EVERETT, WA — A Boeing contract worker was hospitalized Monday after being burned in an industrial accident at the Everett plant, officials said.

The worker was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Boeing officials declined to provide details about the worker or the severity of the injuries.

The incident was reported to 911 just after 11 a.m., Everett city spokeswoman Kate Reardon said. A caller told dispatchers there was what sounded like an explosion and possible fire.

The injured person was a Sequoyah Electric employee, Boeing officials said. The incident remains under investigation.

No further details were released.

 
Note from blogger – Being that there was a loud noise and the worker was burned, it is very likely the accident was from an electrical arc flash.
 
Story via HeraldNet.com

Arc Flash in CT Grocery Store Injures Worker

December 13, 2011 Leave a comment

Old Lyme, CT – Fire officials say a man received an electric shock at the Big Y World Class Market on Route 1 Thursday afternoon and was transported to the Shoreline Medical Center to meet a Life Star helicopter.

The man was shocked around 2:10 this afternoon and suffered severe burns to his hands and face, Old Lyme Fire Marshal David Roberge said.

The man was conscious but it appears to be fairly serious, he said.

Roberge said the man, in his 40s, is a Big Y employee and was working upstairs in an electrical room. Roberge said the man was working on a refrigeration system electrical panel when he experienced an arc flash. An arc flash is a high flash of energy, Roberge said.

The man was transported to the Shoreline Medical Center before he was flown to Bridgeport Hospital, Roberge said.

A call to the Big Y corporate office was not returned.

Story via TheDay.com