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CA: California Construction Worker Dies After Accidental Electrocution

July 24, 2014 Leave a comment

Mission Viejo, CA – A construction worker was electrocuted and a second worker hospitalized after coming into contact with exposed electrical wires during a job at Mission Viejo High School.

The incident was reported around 3:15 p.m. near the football practice field located on Chrisanta Drive, said Chris Concepion with the Orange County Fire Authority.

The men, both in their 20s, were erecting a scaffold when they came into contact with the electrical wire, Concepion said.The incident was reported around 3:15 p.m. near the football practice field located on Chrisanta Drive, said Chris Concepion with the Orange County Fire Authority.

One of the men was electrocuted and died at the scene. When the second man realized what was happening he tried to perform CPR on his co-worker, Steve Concialdi with OCFA said.

But when the worker stood up he also struck the power lines, Concialdi said.

The good Samaritan received a serious electrical shock and was transported to the hospital in critical condition, Concialdi said.

His condition was later upgraded to serious.

CAL OSHA was at the scene investigating.

No further information about the victims was released.

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OMAN: 2 Workers Electrocuted

September 4, 2012 Leave a comment

Muscat, Oman: The Muscat Electricity Distribution Company (MEDC) has blamed civil contractors for the electrocution of two workers, who fell on overhead power lines in Mabella area recently.  “The two workers were electrocuted when the scaffolding they were moving fell on an overhead line in Mabella,” according to a press release issued by the MEDC.  Following this incident, the MEDC has advised civil contractors, especially those working near overhead lines, to adhere strictly to safety measures.

According to the preliminary reports, the incident occurred when the scaffolding that was being moved by the workers fell on the 11KV lines, causing a direct contact to ground.

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Sultan Al Hinai, Health and Safety Awareness-in-charge at the MEDC, lashed out at the contractors for their ‘negligence’. “The two workers were not following basic safety procedures. Every worker has a responsibility to work safely and as an employer, the company has to bear responsibility to look after the safety of its workers on site,” he said.

The MEDC, meanwhile, is also considering a proposal to make it mandatory for any scaffolding and construction work near MEDC overhead lines to be first authorised by MEDC.

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NH: $173,500 OSHA Fine, Electrical Hazards

August 9, 2012 Leave a comment
Merrimack, NH:  The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration proposed fines Monday totalling $173,500 for alleged workplace safety violations against 10 contractors that worked on construction of the Merrimack Premium Outlets shopping mall in Merrimack.  The proposed fines, citing alleged fall, electrical and other hazards, followed an inspection by OSHA’s Concord area office that began in January.  Cited were general contractor Hardin Construction of Atlanta, Ga., as well as nine subcontractors.
Besides Hardin, the subcontractors were roofing subcontractor P&A Roofing and Sheet Metal Inc. of Orlando, Fla.; steel-framing contractor F.L. Crane and Sons Inc. of Hutto, Texas; siding and trim contractor Palace Construction Inc. of Litchfield; MasRam Mechanical LP of Houston, Texas; Timber Structures of Auburndale, Fla.; Four Star Drywall LLC of Manchester; Professional Electrical Contractors of CT Inc. of Norwood, Mass.; Paul Modzeleski doing business as Sentry Roofing of Dunbarton; and J.M.D. Architectural Products Inc. of Tipp City, Ohio.
“Our inspection found workers exposed to a variety of common but avoidable hazards associated with construction work, notably falls and electric shocks,” Rosemarie Ohar, OSHA’s New Hampshire area director, said in a statement.
“Both of these hazards can kill or disable workers in seconds. For the safety of their employees, employers must adhere to required safeguards at all times on this and all job sites,” she said.
Each employer has 15 business days from receipt of OSHA’s citations and proposed penalties to comply, meet with OSHA’s area director or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
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NY: Construction Accident Lawyer Comments on Hilton Explosion

New York, NY June 20, 2012:  Three people were injured in an electrical explosion at the midtown  Manhattan New York Hilton, reported the New  York Daily News (6/13/2012).

“Any work that’s done with or around electricity can be dangerous.   Surprising to many, only a small quantity of electrical energy is needed to  cause serious injury or death,” said New York construction accident lawyer David Perecman, chairman of the Labor Law committee for the New  York State Trial Lawyers Association and lecturer on construction accident  law.

Two of the people hurt in the blast were workers.  They were working on an  electrical panel in the basement of the hotel at the time of the construction  accident, The New York Daily News said.  One man suffered a head injury.  The other was treated for minor burns to his  hands, reported the tabloid.  A woman who was trapped in the elevator when the power cut off was treated  for hyperventilation.  There were no other injuries in the construction  accident, the New York tabloid said.

As construction accident lawyers at The Perecman Firm understand, New York State and the Occupational Safety &  Health Administration (OSHA) have many rules aimed at keeping New York  construction workers safe.

“If a worker gets hurt because he or she lacked adequate safety equipment or  was not provided with the proper tools, the worker in New York will recover  compensation for damages from the construction accident,” New York construction accident lawyer Perecman, founder of The  Perecman Firm, one of New York’s construction accident law firms, said.

The Perecman Firm serves Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island,  Long Island, Westchester, Upstate NY, Morris County, and Rockland County.

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1 Worker Killed, 6 Injured in Electrical Accident in Phillipines

December 7, 2011 Leave a comment

Valenzuela City, Phillipines – One worker died and six others were hurt after a metallic round bar they were trying to attach to a wooden structure in a construction site hit a high-voltage transmission wire late Monday afternoon inValenzuela City.

Police named the fatality as Larry Ortega, 23, of Quezon province.

Those who were injured were identified as Jonathan Valenzuela, Jimmy Monares, Charlito Mepieza, Marlon Asidillo, Basilio Sedorio and Noli Patag.

The five are now confined atValenzuela Medical Center, said Police Officer 3 Dalton Rodriguez, case investigator.

Deadly contact

The accident happened at Cowloon Compound in Tatalon, Barangay (village) Ugong.

According to the police report, the contact between the high-voltage wire and the metallic bar sent electric shocks to six workers who were holding the bar.

Upon seeing this, Ortega rushed to help Valenzuela, the person nearest him, but he was electrocuted in the process.

Fellow construction workers managed to take the victims to the hospital, but Ortega was declared dead on arrival, Rodriguez said.

Electric currents

“Of the victims, only Ortega’s body did not release the electric currents trapped inside. That’s why he died. When you get electrocuted, your body has to release the currents,” he explained.

Work in the area resumed after what the police official called was an “unfortunate industrial accident.”

Senior Police Officer 3 Jess Sagisi, senior investigator, said that the other six who remain confined in the hospital were already in stable condition.

Story via Phillipine Daily Inquirer

US Military Electrocution in Shower Accident Part of Task Force

February 15, 2011 Leave a comment

SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFNS) — Staff Sgt. Ryan Maseth, 24, of Pittsburgh, stepped into a shower in Iraq in January 2008 — and it was the last action he would take on this earth.

Sergeant Maseth was electrocuted in that shower — one of many service members killed or injured by allegedly faulty electrical work in thousands of structures maintained in Iraq by a contractor. The contractor denies wrongdoing, and legal action on the matter continues.

Former Army Maj. John Cockerham now sits in a federal penitentiary — his home for about the next 16 years — having been found guilty of accepting millions of dollars in bribes from unscrupulous contractors while deployed to Southwest Asia. Master Sgt. Mark Carnes will learn of his punishment in March following a guilty plea to similar, but unrelated, charges.

While faulty wiring and deadly living conditions may seem worlds apart from a relatively white-collar crime like accepting payoffs, the common denominator linking such cases is contract fraud.

A series of such high-profile cases in recent years led to the establishment of the International Contract Corruption Task Force, which seeks to educate and inform government employees about contract fraud and violations. The ICCTF fully investigates suspected wrongdoing for criminal prosecution and is made up of federal agents representing nine different agencies, including the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, stationed throughout SWA, plus a supporting organization in the United States.

Story via AF.mil

NOTE:  One problem encountered in the Middle East with US military facilities constructed or managed by local workers is that they have not been properly trained on electrical codes to prevent these types of accidents from happening.  National Electrical Code International training is available for construction companies throughout the world that work on US installations, but the training isn’t always getting done.

Arc Flash in MD Injures Two Workers

February 1, 2011 Leave a comment

Baltimore, MD –  Two Baltimore  construction workers were burned in an underground explosion and electrical fire while working in a manhole.  They both sustained first and second degree burns.  One was taken to a trauma center and the other to a burn center.    The cause of the arc flash is under investigation.