Posts Tagged ‘Pennsylvania’

PA: Tavern Fire Ruled to be Electrical Short

October 22, 2012 Leave a comment

Clamtown, PA: West Penn Township police say an electrical malfunction is to blame for an early-Thursday morning electrical fire that destroyed a popular tavern and eatery on Route 443 in the township village of Clamtown.

Township police Chief Brian Johnson said an electrical malfunction in the kitchen area of the Clamtown Tavern sparked a 7:10 a.m. blaze that inflicted major damage to the interior of the building.

Johnson said a passerby called police to report smoke coming out of a ventilation fan on the tavern. Leaving the scene of a two-car crash on Route 309 about a mile and a half away, Johnson said he arrived at the tavern to find flames in the kitchen area. Johnson said he tried using a fire extinguisher on the fire, but the flames were spreading quickly and overcoming the capabilities of the fire extinguisher.

Johnson said he exited the building and used a cellphone to call Robert Carnes, the owner of the business.

Johnson said Carnes answered the phone and said he was sleeping on the second floor of the tavern.

Johnson said he told Carnes, “You need to get out right now, the building is on fire.”

According to Schuylkill County property records, the building is owned by Carnes and Jason Schmidt.

Firefighters from West Penn, Tamaqua, Hometown, New Ringgold, New England Valley and Mahoning Township, Deer Lake and Schuylkill Haven departments responded. The fire was brought under control in about two hours and firefighters remained on scene until about noon. Route 443 was temporarily closed while firefighters battled the blaze.

Johnson conducted the investigation and determined that an electrical malfunction sparked the blaze. He said no injuries were reported.

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PA Tree Trimmer Electrocuted

EDGEWORTH, PA – The owner of a tree service died Wednesday afternoon, apparently from electrocution, after he touched a power line on a job in Edgeworth.

Police Chief John English said the victim, Chester Sipes, of DLS Tree Service, caught fire in his truck’s raised bucket on Chestnut Road.

“From what we can see, we believe his back hit a very powerful line. I witnessed it as I was coming up the road,” English said. “We tried to get him out. The truck was dead because it didn’t appear as if it was grounded, so we were having a difficult time getting it down.”

Sky 4 flew over the scene, as paramedics worked hard on the man in the yard of a house across the street from Edgeworth Elementary School. The bucket truck was parked a few feet away, with yellow tape surrounding it.

SLIDESHOW:  Images from the accident scene

Sipes, 47, of Aliquippa, was loaded into an ambulance on a stretcher and taken to Heritage Valley Sewickley hospital. He was later pronounced dead.

Quaker Valley School District Superintendent Joseph Clapper said some students in a fourth-grade classroom, as well as bus drivers, witnessed the incident from Edgeworth Elementary. It also caused lights to flicker in the school.

Clapper said kindergarten students were being dismissed at the time, but it was not immediately clear if any of them saw what happened.

Allegheny County homicide detectives are investigating the man’s death.

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PA Man Electrocuted Working at Regency Tower Apartments

November 1, 2010 Leave a comment

MONTGOMERY, PENNSYLVANIA – Residents of the Regency Towers Apartments, 1003 Easton Road, Willow Grove, experienced a partial power outage Oct. 29 after a 36-year-old electrician was electrocuted while work on the buildings’ electrical breakers, police said.

The Upper Moreland Police Department, the Willow Grove Fire Co. and Second Alarmers Rescue Squad responded to the scene, police said, adding that the victim was conscious and standing when emergency personnel arrived. He was treated immediately by Second Alarmers and flown to Temple University Hospital where he was treated and released.

There was no fire so evacuation of the nine-story building was not necessary, police said.

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PA Company Faces OSHA Fines for Electrical Safety Violations and Worker Death

October 29, 2010 Leave a comment

HANOVER TOWNSHP,  — A Hanover Township business has been cited with a dozen safety violations after a worker was electrocuted at a work site earlier this year.

Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Richard Kaposy, who was doing business as Treeman Landscaping, 4695 Route 151, Box 74.  (for official release by OSHA on this event, click here)

Kaposy was cited with two willful, seven serious and three “other-than-serious” violations.

Frank Librich, assistant area director for OSHA in Pittsburgh, said Kaposy also does business as Country Boyz Cutting City Trees, based in Washington, Pa.

He said the company was working in Bethel Park on April 21, taking down a tree, when one of Kaposy’s employees, Eric Arnold, 30, of Langeloth, cut a tree limb that came in contact with a 13,200-volt power line. Arnold was killed when his chain saw touched the branch.  

The two willful violations issued to the company were for failing to provide workers protective equipment while cutting in and below trees and for failing to ensure an unqualified worker did not work in proximity to an energized electrical line, according to OSHA’s citations. A willful violation is committed with intention, indifference or voluntary disregard for the law and worker safety.

Librich said Kaposy was cited Oct. 19 after the investigation and faces penalties totaling $119,700. The company has 15 business days, or until Nov. 9, to ask for an informal conference or to contest the citations. Otherwise, it becomes a final order of OSHA’s review commission.  

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Aqua Pennsylvania Inc. Fined for Electrical Safety Practices

October 16, 2010 Leave a comment
HAVERFORD, PENNSYLVANIA – The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission proposed Thursday that Aqua Pennsylvania Inc., Bryn Mawr, pay $15,000 in penalties and improve its electrical safety practices to settle a complaint about an April electrical explosion that injured three employees. The proposal stems from an accident in Haverford when Aqua employees struck electrical equipment during an excavation. One of the three injured employees suffered burns from the explosion. The public has 20 days to comment on the proposal.

PA Man Killed by Electrical Power Line in Accident

SULLIVAN COUNTY, PA – A man was electrocuted in Sullivan County early Saturday morning.

Authorities said Michael Serino of West Pittston died when he came in contact with a power line while at his vacation home in Elkland Tonwnship near Forskville. Serino was trying to supply electricity to his home and fell 30 feet to the ground after he was shocked.

The Sullivan County coroner said Serino dead at the scene. Police are continuing their investigation.

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PA Workers Injured in Electrical Accident when Boom Hits Power Line

SOUTH MIDDKETON TOWNSHIP, PENNSYLVANIA – Two workers injured in an electrical accident on a farm in South Middleton Township, Cumberland County, were flown to Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center just after noon today.

Tim Yingst, chief of Citizens Fire Company of Mount Holly Springs, said the two were injured around 11:30 a.m. while delivering cattle feed to a farm in the 800 block of Petersburg Road. A boom of their truck, owned by Good Transportation Services Inc of Columbia, Lancaster County, hit a high-voltage electrical cable, Yingst said. He said he didn’t know the names of the accident victims.

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11 Year Old Boy Electrocuted by 11,000 Volts in Pennsylvania

PA Comcast Worker Electrical Accident with Power Line

April 21, 2010 Leave a comment

NORTHAMPTON, PA – A Comcast worker was injured Wednesday afternoon when he came in contact with electrical power lines in Northampton.

The worker, whose name was not available, was repairing some cable lines, when he accidentally came in contact with the power line.   How he did this is unknown.

The worker was found on the ground when the rescue squad got to him and was then taken by the Tri-Hampton Rescue Squad to St. Mary Medical Center for treatement. No further information was released.

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PA Tree Trimmer Killed by Electrical Line

April 21, 2010 Leave a comment

BETHEL PARK, PA – A tree cutter who was trimming a tree in Bethel Park was killed Tuesday when one of the branches he cut fell into an electrical line, police said.

Eric Arnold, 30, of Langloth, Washington County, was killed in the accident that occurred about 11:30 a.m. on Robert Drive, near Route 88, a spokesman for the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office said. Power was cut to nearby electrical lines so crews could remove the body from the tree, police said.

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