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FL: Electrical Fire Sends Workers to Hospital

February 26, 2014 Leave a comment

Jacksonville, FL: Jacksonville Fire Rescue Department and the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office responded to reports of an explosion at the Advanced Disposal Tuesday.

Police and fire crews responded to Advance Disposal at 9798 Normandy Boulevard in the Normandy Estates area of the Westside around 8 a.m. Tuesday following reports of an explosion and small fire.

At least two men in their 20s were injured in the blast.  A 29-year-old victim was air lifted to UF Health Jacksonville initially, according to Tom Francis with JFRD. He was later air lifted with critical injuries to UF Health Shands Hospital burn unit, according to JSO Sgt. Jay Farhat. The 29-year-old was injured when his clothes caught on fire after being shocked.

According to a release from Advanced Disposal, staff extinguished the fire with a fire extinguisher and called 911.

A 26-year-old victim suffered minor injuries, including having his hair singed, and was not transported to the hospital.

The victims are both employees of Pilot Electrical Construction Co and were working on a wall panel they thought was turned off.

JFRD is continuing its investigation of the incident.

First Coast News has been looking into Pilot Electrical Construction Company’s history. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports, company work sites have been inspected three times since the early ’80s, twice as routine and once in response to a complaint.

OSHA records show the violations were “serious,” a level below the more serious “willful” or “repeated” violations.

Violation codes ranged from failure to distribute Material Safety Data Sheets to employees to the presence of work site debris.

OSHA has opened an investigation into today’s incident. They have six months from today to issue a citation should they chose to do so.

Story Via: www.firstcoastnews.com

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Florida Nonprofit facing $228K fine

January 24, 2014 Leave a comment

Pensacola, FL: OSHA is proposing $228,600 in fines for Teen Challenge of Florida Inc., a nonprofit rehabilitation program, after the agency said it found 25 safety and health violations at the organization’s facilities in Pensacola, Fla.

The Pensacola Teen Challenge Men’s Center says its mission is to help men 18 and older “who are struggling with drug addiction, alcoholism and other life-controlling issues.” The organization, which is part of Teen Challenge International, runs a screen-printing operation, a detail shop, a wood shop and two thrift stores, according to a report on the website of WEAR ABC 3 in northwest Florida.

OSHA said it initiated the July 2013 inspection after receiving a complaint alleging safety and health hazards.

“This employer willfully disregarded worker safety by exposing workers to amputation hazards,” said Brian Sturtecky, OSHA’s area director in Jacksonville, Fla. “The hazards found during our inspection must be eliminated from this workplace immediately.”

Three willful violations, with $162,000 in penalties, allegedly involve Teen Challenge exposing workers to amputation hazards by not providing machine guarding on the hand-fed ripsaws, the cutting heads of the routers and the abrasive wheels on the grinding wheel, according to OSHA.

Eighteen serious safety and health violations, with $66,600 in penalties, include allegedly failing to:

  •                               Provide workers first aid training in case of an emergency.
  •                               Provide a suitable eyewash facility.
  •                               Close unused openings in boxes, raceways, cabinets and equipment cases.
  •                               Have uniform step heights on a standard stairway and keep exit routes unobstructed.

The employer also exposed workers to numerous instances where the machines had no guarding, several electrical deficiencies were present and various tripping hazards were observed, according to OSHA.

OSHA cited Teen Challenge for four other-than-serious violations, stemming from the organization’s alleged failure to: illuminate exit signs; certify forklift operators as competent to operate powered industrial trucks safely; establish a respiratory protection program; and have forklift nameplates and markings in place and in legible condition. No monetary penalties were assigned for the other-than-serious violations.

Teen Challenge has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and proposed penalties to comply or contest OSHA’s findings.

Story Via: EHStoday.com

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FL: Christmas Tree Electrical Fire ends in $100,000’s of Damage

December 21, 2012 Leave a comment

Cape Coral, Florida. -The owner of a Cape Coral country store hopes to rebuild after an electrical fire caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage. We’re told it sparked near a Christmas tree.

Outside, pieces of the building are still scattered about.  You can see the yellow tape surrounds the front, and the building is boarded up.  It’s unsafe to go inside, where you could once find special antiques and country collections

“Everything is gone. We didn’t think it looked so bad when we were standing outside. But there’s really nothing much left,” said owner Donna Freeman.

She is devastated. With Christmas around the corner, she was looking forward to a busy season. Instead, she is picking up the pieces of her dream business, which we’re told, she recently remodeled. She calls her country store “Rustic Gatherings” and today it’s a gathering of friends, co-workers and the customers she loves giving hugs of support.

“I just want to thank the people that came and the sent emails, and posted on their Facebook,” she said.  “Again, it makes me cry. I love that, and will never be able to repay that kindness.”

“I just said hi, and dropped off some muffins and told her to hang in there,” said a customer.

The sign outside says “Heart N Home” but Freeman acquired the country store this year and had not yet changed the name. Now a lot more changes are in store after Thursday morning’s blaze consumed an estimated $200,000 of merchandise and building.

Flames could be seen from the roof. WINK-TV has learned it sparked accidentally, near a Christmas tree, and is electrical in nature “If you look on the big picture, we’re ok. No one was hurt and no one is dead,” said Freeman.

Some of the surrounding businesses have some smoke damage. At this time, its unclear when this country store will open again but they are hoping to rebuild as soon as possible.

Story via winknews.com

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FL: $150,000 Damage in Electrical Fire

October 30, 2012 Leave a comment

CAPE CORAL, Fla.- An early morning electrical fire on Monday caused an estimated $150,000 in damage to a Southeast Cape Coral home. The fire was attributed to an electrical overload.

Around 3:30 a.m., firefighters responded to a 911 call reporting a structure fire at 925 SE 4th Place. Upon arrival, fire crews found the garage engulfed in flames and smoke throughout the home. With assistance from the police, all five occupants were evacuated from the smoke-filled structure. Fire crews were able to bring the blaze under control within 30 minutes, even with the presence of hurricane shutters, which blocked access to many of the windows.

Firefighters rescued two of the family’s five cats that were trapped in the home, and the three remaining cats later were found alive and hiding. Two dogs also were evacuated safely from the home.

A fire inspector arrived on scene and determined that the fire started around the front of the garage. An outside electrical cord lying in mulch was connected under the garage door to timers attached to a breaker box in the garage. The electrical connection appeared to be powering outdoor Halloween decorations.

The Red Cross and LCEC responded to the residence to assist.

The hurricane shutters on the home were a source of serious concern for the City’s Fire Department.

“We encourage our residents to remove hurricane shutters unless there is an imminent storm threat to our city,” said Fire Chief Bill Van Helden. “Covering windows with hurricane panels not only prevents firefighters from being able to effectively attack a residential fire, it also blocks points of escape for the occupants of the home.”

Story via winknews.com

 

VT: Utility Worker Electrocuted

MIDDLETOWN SPRINGS, Vt.  — State police say a utility worker has been killed on the job in Middletown Springs.

They say 53-year-old Russell Callahan was installing high speed internet service Wednesday afternoon when part of the bucket truck he was operating hit a power line. Authorities say he was electrocuted and then fell backward and hit his head.

Callahan, of North Palm Beach, Fla., was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Authorities say because of the electrocution and head injury, it’s unclear exactly how he died. An autopsy will be performed.

State police say he worked for Adirondack Utility Construction, which was being subcontracted by VTEL.

Story via newstimes.com

 

FL Electrical Worker Hospitalized

Mayo, FL — A Suwannee County man was seriously injured after making contact with a primary electrical line on Monday, Suwannee Valley Electric Cooperative Community Relations Manager Tom Tuckey confirmed.

According to Tuckey, 51-year-old Roger Alford was changing a transformer in the Mayo area when the accident occurred and was immediately rushed to Shands UF, where he remains.

“He came in contact with energized equipment while changing the transformer,” Tuckey explained.

As a result, Alford suffered burns, but is expected to make a full recovery and was even able to eat on his own Tuesday evening, Tuckey stated.

“We are just thankful that it is no worse than it is and we are keeping him and his family in our prayers,” Tuckey added.

Alford’s sister, Elizabeth Starling, is relieved that her brother is improving. According to Starling, Alford did talk a little Tuesday evening and will possibly undergo a skin graph on Friday.

“We’re so thankful that he is improving and words cannot express our gratitude for the prayers of everyone,” Starling said. “We just ask everyone to continue praying for his recovery.”

Tuckey emphasized that although it is uncertain what the length of Alford’s recovery might be, a full recovery is expected.

“We’ve had an excellent track record in safety, but this was a very unfortunate incident,” Tuckey said.

Alford, who has been employed with SVEC since 1989, was listed in fair condition at Shands UF Wednesday morning.

Story via Suwannee Democrat

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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