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Painter in Pittsburgh area dies from electrocution

Another Pittsburgh area worker was electrocuted while working on the job. The work related death came about when an employee of a painting company came into contact with a power line while working upon a roof of a building. Part of the duties of the deceased painter included leaning over the edge of the roof and spray painting along the walls close to where the electric circuit was located.

The accident occurred in New Kensington, at the outset of the Pittsburgh area. The worker was taken to the hospital, but medical responders were unable to revive the 48-year old man.

Federal prosecutors have brought charges against the employer while stating that such employees should not be in the vicinity "of an electric power circuit unless the employee is protected against electric shock by de-energizing and grounding the circuit or by insulating it." The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) assessed a fine of upon the company in the amount of $57,400 for various safety code violations.

OSHA sanctioned the company for more than the risk of an electric shock to its workers. OSHA also expressed concerns about not implementing procedures that would have prevented a fall, or educating its workers on how to avoid hazards of falling.

Though such sanctions can be used by attorneys for the deceased family member in showing culpability of the employer, it will take more than such sanctions for the family to recover compensation. The attorney will need to understand Pennsylvania workers' laws, conduct an independent investigation as to how the accident occurred, and possibly file claims in court against the employer and other responsible parties.

This was the second electrocution of a worker that we've reported upon this blog in the past few months. Employers need to do much more to prevent these types of injuries and/or fatalities from occurring.

Source: Trib Live, "Feds charge owner in worker's death," by Brian Rittmeyer, July 17, 2012

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