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LA: Electrician With 50 Years Experience Found Electrocuted

September 4, 2012 Leave a comment

Abita Springs, LA:  An electrician working on the power system of a home near Abita Springs over the weekend in the wake of Hurricane Isaac died after he received an electrical shock, according to authorities in St. Tammany Parish. William Schlenker Sr., 67, was performing work at 20201 Lowe Davis Road on Saturday morning when the deadly mishap occurred, parish sheriff’s spokesman Capt. George Bonnett said.

Schlenker was accompanied by his son at one point, but the son left to check on another job. When the son returned about 9:45 a.m., he discovered his father had been electrocuted and called 911, Bonnett said.

Deputies responded alongside personnel from Acadian Ambulance and parish Fire District No. 12. Schlenker was given cardiopulmonary resuscitation and was taken to the emergency room at St. Tammany Parish Hospital in Covington, but he was pronounced dead there. Schlenker’s autopsy confirmed his death was the result of high voltage electrocution, and it was ruled as an electrical accident, said Melanie Comeaux, the executive director for parish coroner Dr. Peter Galvan’s Office.

On Tuesday, Schlenker’s wife, Linda, said she was married to her husband for 43 years. The couple had three children — two daughters, now 40 and 35; and a son, 38.  Schlenker was born in Madisonville and lived on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain his entire life, his wife added. One of four siblings and a grandfather to three children, he was in the electric power industry for a half-century, most of which he spent running his own company, his family said. Schlenker started Schlenker Electric in 1976 and incorporated it four years later, his wife noted. The company was based out of Schlenker’s home on Lowe Davis Road, just east of where he was fatally hurt.

“It’s like a nightmare,” Linda Schlenker remarked. “We’re devastated. This was so unexpected. … He’s been doing this for 50 years, and he’s always been very conscientious, very careful.”

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LA: Seafood company hit with $248,000 in fines and back/lost wages

Breaux Bridge, LA: The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) on July 24 issued findings from investigations of C.J.’s Seafood Inc. in Breaux Bridge, La. OSHA cited C.J.’s Seafood, a former Wal-Mart supplier, with 11 serious and one other-than-serious safety violation for exposing workers to blocked exit, fire, electrical and chemical hazards. Additionally, the DOL’s Wage and Hour Division found that the company failed to pay minimum wage and overtime compensation to 73 workers as required by the Fair Labor Standards Act, and to comply with provisions of the H-2B temporary foreign worker visa program established under the Immigration and Nationality Act.   OSHA proposes more than $34,000 in fines for C.J.’s Seafood of Breaux Bridge, La., for exposing workers to workplace hazards. The Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division is seeking nearly $214,000 in back wages and penalties.

“It is imperative that employers comply with applicable laws that protect the health and safety of their workers,” said Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health. “Every worker deserves to go home safe at the end of a workday, and the employees at C.J.’s Seafood are entitled to nothing less.”

OSHA’s Baton Rouge Area Office conducted an investigation of the company’s facility in Breaux Bridge, where employees peel and boil seafood. Some of the serious violations cited pertain to the building not being equipped with fire extinguishers, exit signs or emergency eyewash stations. In addition, electrical breakers were not labeled, electrical outlets were not covered, an exit was blocked and temporary wiring was being used instead of permanent wiring. Finally, the employer did not have a written hazard communications program and did not make material safety data sheets available to employees to inform them of hazards in the workplace. These citations carry proposed penalties of $32,200. A serious violation is one in which there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

The other-than-serious violation involves failing to maintain the OSHA 300 log, in which employee injuries and illnesses must be recorded. This citation carries a monetary penalty of $2,100. An other-than-serious violation is one that has a direct relationship to job safety and health, but probably would not cause death or serious physical harm.

C.J.’s Seafood has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and proposed penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s Baton Rouge area director or contest the citations and penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

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LA Truckdriver Killed in Electrical Accident When Truck Bed Strikes Power Line

October 31, 2010 Leave a comment

ST. TAMMANY PARISH, LOUISIANA – A Bogalusa dump truck drive was killed Wednesday morning while working at a construction site in Covington.

According to George Bonnett, spokesman for the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, 49-year-old Joey Robins was delivering a load of sand at the Ochsner Boulevard Exten-sion Construction site at approximately 7:30 Wednesday morning.

After he dumped his load of sand, Robinson left the bed of his truck raised as he pulled forward.  The bed struck an overhead power line and “Fourth of July Fireworks erupted.”

In his attempt to exit the truck, which had caught fire, Robinson reportedly grabbed the door handle and jumped free of the truck.  When his feet struck the ground, the current ground on the ground and a complete circuit was formed. The current travelled through Robinson’s body.

A responding deputy attempted cardiopulmonary resuscitation, but was unable to revive Robinson. Acadian Ambulance personnel transported him to St. Tammany Parish Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Robinson was driving a truck for Mingo Trucking, and the project he was working, Ochsner Boulevard Extension, will extend the boulevard all the way to Louisiana Highway 1085 (Bootlegger Road) when complete.

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LA Man Files Lawsuit After Being Electrocuted on the Job

October 25, 2010 Leave a comment

ORLEANS PARISH, LOUISIANA – A Tangipahoa man has filed a lawsuit claiming he was “electrocuted” because of shoddy work by an Orleans Parish power company.

Philip Fournier filed the complaint against Entergy Corporation, Entergy Louisiana and ABC Insurance Company Oct. 19 in Orleans Parish District Court.

According to the filing, Fournier was completing a cable job on Highway 401 in Napoleonville on Nov. 6, 2009, when he was shocked. Fournier says he was screwing an anchor into a ground wire on an electrical pole, “touched a ‘live’ wire and was electrocuted.”

Electrocution, by definition, means to kill with electricity, however, Fournier is still living. He says he suffered severe and disabling injuries as a result of the shock.

Fournier contends Entergy was negligent for failing to properly install the power lines, failing, failing to follow NESC regulations and failing to correct the dangerous situation caused by an uninsulated power line.

Fournier is asking to be fairly compensated for pain and suffering, mental anguish, medical expenses, loss of earning capacity, interest and court costs.

Also named in the suit is ABC Insurance, the insurers of Entergy responsible for all liability coverage and injury claims against the company.

Attorneys C. Arlen Brand II and Michelle O. Gallagher, of Mandeville, are representing Fournier.

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LA Electrician Electrocuted while doing Maintenance

October 18, 2010 Leave a comment

WEBSTER PARISH, LOUISIANA – A Webster Parish School Board employee and Minden resident lost his life Thursday during a tragic accident at Webster Junior High School.

Ricky Hennigan, 48, an electrician who worked in the Maintenance Department of the school system, was killed by electrocution while working in the junior high gymnasium.

In a press release issued Thursday afternoon, Webster Parish Superintendent Wayne “Butch” Williams said, “The circumstances surrounding the accident are under investigation.”

Assistant Superintendent Jackie Sharp said investigators would be at the campus this morning.

“The cause will have to be investigated — to speculate at this time would be conjecture,” said Sharp.

Sharp said other members of the maintenance staff witnessed the accident, but no students were present.
Hennigan had been employed with the school system for a little over two years.

“On behalf of all members and employees of the Webster Parish School Board, I wish to send prayers and condolences to Ricky’s family and friends in this time of great sorrow,” Williams stated in the press release.

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