Safety News
June 3, 2015 - Bluewater Power Distribution Corp., the utility providing electricity distribution and related services in the Sarnia-Lambton area of Ontario, has been fined $120,000 in the 2012 death of a worker who was performing repair work following the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
May 27, 2015 - Horizon Utilities Corp., which provides electricity to customers in Hamilton and St. Catharines, Ont., recently took home the Infrastructure Health & Safety Association President’s Award for reaching a safety milestone: 750,000 hours without a lost-time injury.
May 22, 2015 - A propane gas facility in Fort Worth, Texas has been slapped with a $114,000 fine after an investigation from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
May 21, 2015 - A 31-year-old assembly technician was working with a battery charger manufacturer for about a month when he was fatally electrocuted in November 2014 while testing transformers.
May 11, 2015 - Ontario’s Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) has set aside this week—May 11 to 17, 2015—as Powerline Awareness Week, and is asking Ontarians to #RespectThePower by staying clear of overhead and underground powerlines.
May 7, 2015 - An electric technician at the Republic Steel Corp. steel manufacturing plant in Blasdell, N.Y. 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, according to the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The technician sustained third degree burns on her hand and first degree burns on her face.
May 6, 2015 - An unlicensed contractor has been convicted for the third time since January 2015 and received fines totaling $10,000 on charges relating to working without an electrical contractor's licence. Paul Mullen, who owns and operates Total Generator, pleaded guilty in a Toronto court on Apr. 13, 2015 to allowing an unlicensed individual to perform electrical work.
May 5, 2015 - The ATCO Energy Theatre is on the road again this month with a new safety performance—“Power Team: Origin of Power Woman”—with the aim of getting students “giggling and singing” while learning to be safe around electricity and natural gas.
May 1, 2015 - BC Safety Authority (BCSA) released its 2014 State of Safety Report, which also includes information on as-found hazards—conditions observed by BCSA officers during physical assessments “where intrinsic hazards are not suitably controlled”.
April 20, 2015 - NB Power says its employees at the Coleson Cove Generating Station have reached 10 years of safe electricity production without a lost-time accident.
March 30, 2015 - Just 72 hours after a worker was fatally electrocuted on a roofing job at a Pennsylvanian home, the employer put a second worker in the same jeopardy, says the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
March 30, 2015 - Daniels Electric Corp., an electrical contractor based in Gilford, N.H., faces $40,000 in fines after an employee was exposed to a 12-ft fall due to the lack of fall protection.
March 9, 2015 – A 46 year-old maintenance worker at H.M. Richards Inc. (Guntown, Miss.) was killed after being electrocuted in October 2014 as he disconnected wiring on a saw.
(UPDATED March 2015 with video) November 28, 2013 - Yesterday, the Ontario government unanimously passed the Hawkins-Gignac Act into law, making carbon monoxide (CO) alarms mandatory in all Ontario homes with fuel-burning appliances or heating systems, fireplaces or attached garages.
February 5, 2015 - In September 2014, a 24-year-old temporary maintenance employee at International Paper Co. (Madison, Ohio) suffered a severe electrical shock, resulting in burns involving hospitalization, and leaving him unable to work for more than four months.

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