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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.

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Boy Killed on Farm In Sri Lanka by Electrical Wire

December 1, 2010 1 comment

WELIMADA, SRI LANKA – A farmer was taken into custody after a 12-year-old boy was killed when he tread onto to an exposed current wire that had been placed to discourage animals from attacking the crops, police said today.”It is illegal to place such electricity in an open area, and the suspect in this case has been very careless which eventually grabbed a life”, one senior policeman said.

The victim has been identified as Sanjeewa Kumara from Welimada.

The suspect was due to be produced before the Welimada Magistrate later today.

Welimada police are conducting further investigations.

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1 Lineman, 2 Farmers Electrocuted by Downed Power Line in India

October 26, 2010 Leave a comment

WEST GODAVARI, INDIA – 3 persons, including a lineman, were electrocuted after coming in contact with live wires, in Thogummi village in Kovvur mandal in West Godavari district on Tuesday.

According to police, 2 farmers were electrocuted after they came in contact with a power line that had snapped and fallen into a field.

Villagers called in the electricity department, who sent a lineman to repair the snapped wire in the field, which was wet due to the incessant rains lashing the district.

The lineman also came in contact with the live wire while repairing the snapped power lines, and was electrocuted.

Officials from the Electricity Board visited the village to collect first-hand information.

The identities of victims are yet to be ascertained, but the bodies have been shifted to the hospital.
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2 Farmers in AR Killed by High Voltage Power Line In Electrical Accident

October 25, 2010 Leave a comment

POCAHONTAS, ARKANSAS – Two Region 8 farmers were killed Friday after they accidentally moved a grain auger into a high line. According to the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office, Michael Thatch, 45, and Victor Throesch, 47, were killed in the accident.

Officials with the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office say both men were moving the auger by hand when the incident happened. Thatch died at the scene. Throesch was taken to The MED in Memphis, where he later died.

The incident happened approximately three miles west of Maynard.

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