L&I cited the utility district for five serious violations and for each assessed the maximum penalty of $7,000
June 16, 2016
The Washington Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) fined Grant County Public Utility District #2 $35,000 for five serious safety violations after investigating an explosion at its Priest Rapids Dam on the Columbia River in Beverly, Wash. Six workers were hospitalized with serious electrical burns after the explosion.
Steel manufacturer faces $147K in fines for "avoidable" hazards
June 15, 2016
An electric technician at the Republic Steel Corp. steel manufacturing plant in Blasdell, NY was removing wiring from a fan motor in an overhead crane on October 16, 2014, when an ungrounded electrical conductor touched a grounded surface, causing an arc flash. The electric technician sustained third degree burns on her hand and first degree burns on her face.
On May 26, 2003, a crew of electricians and utilities personnel for Patrick Cudahy, Inc., had completed an annual cleaning of electrical utilization substations #1 and #2 within the company food processing facilities.
A West Virginia contractor found itself on the receiving end of an OSHA investigation after an agency inspector observed an employee working on scaffolding with no fall protection and in close proximity to an electrical power line – a combination that could have proved deadly.