The 21-year-old laborer was doing restoration work at a Pittsburgh residence when the incident occurred.
A subsequent investigation of the man’s employer, Ski Masonry LLC, resulted in two willful and five serious citations for violations against the company. OSHA determined that the residential and commercial masonry contractor knowingly allowing employees to work within 10 feet of overhead, energized, and uninsulated electrical lines, failing to provide fall protection, and using scaffolding without a secure base plate.
"Ski Masonry knowingly took unacceptable risks when performing masonry work close to overhead powerlines," said OSHA Area Office Director Christopher Robinson, in Pittsburgh. "Companies must assess their worksites and follow all safety requirements to prevent such tragedies from recurring."
OSHA has proposed penalties totaling $201,354, and has added the company to its Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP).