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2 Companies & Individual Face Charges After Worker Electricutions

February 15, 2011 Leave a comment

Edmonton, Canada – Charges have been laid in a workplace accident that killed two men in 2009.

Damien McEwen, 27, and Jason Banks, 32, were electrocuted when equipment they were using touched an overhead power line at the Penn West gas plant site, about three kilometres west of Edmonton, on Jan. 29, 2009.

Two companies, Proflo Production Separators Ltd. and TY2K Consulting Ltd., and an individual, Eric Spuehler, are facing charges under the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Code.

The charges allege failing to ensure the health and safety of a worker at a work site, failing to prepare a report of the results of a hazard assessment, and failing to ensure that the hazard assessment is repeated at reasonably practicable intervals to prevent the development of unsafe and unhealthy working conditions.

Charges are laid for each of the two workers who died. The first court date is slated for March 23 at Stony Plain Provincial Court.

The victim have previously been described as experienced oil-and-gas workers.

Story via EdmontonJournal.com

Note:  Proper electrical safety training is not only required, but it must be repeated at intervals, especially if its a task that the worker seldom does.  Improper clearance of equipment with overhead lines is a common electrical accident and is something that should have annual training.

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2 Men Killed in Electrical Accident in Edmonton, Canada

December 3, 2010 Leave a comment

EDMONTON, ALBERTA, CANADA – The sudden deaths of two men who were electrocuted on a farm near Ellerslie Road and Meridian Street is highlighting a gap in coverage under Alberta’s Occupational Health and Safety Act.

The men were found dead by police and paramedics responding to a 911 call around 3:45 a.m. Thursday. It appears they were electrocuted when a portable auger touched an overhead power line.

Police initially said the deaths would be investigated by Alberta Occupational Health and Safety. Investigators from the OHS went to the scene, but left after determing the men were working on a farm.  Provincial regulations don’t apply because in Alberta, most operations directly or indirectly related to farming and ranching are exempt.

There’s been a lot of talk in Alberta about extending Occupational Health and Safety regulations to farms but no action has been taken. Farming and ranching are also exempt from the Workers’ Compensation Act and WCB coverage for disability and insurance is not mandatory for farm and ranch workers.

Story via inews880.com