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Region 5 News Release: 05-2320-Chi
Dec. 8, 2005
Contact: Brad Mitchell
Electrical Contractor Found Guilty of Criminal Charges in May Following Worker Fatality
CHICAGO -- Federal Magistrate Judge Geraldine Soat Brown of the Northern District of Illinois today sentenced the L. E. Myers Company following its conviction for violating five OSHA standards that caused the death of Blake Lane, 20, during his second day on the job as a Myers apprentice.
The judge imposed a fine of $500,000, the maximum penalty provided under the law. In addition, Judge Brown sentenced Myers of Rolling Meadows, Ill., to a period of three years of probation during which, among other things, the company must permit OSHA to inspect its worksites without a warrant and brief OSHA annually regarding the safety and health of its employees.
Lane of Sullivan, Ill., had only recently begun training in the power-line construction industry when he was jolted by 2,400 volts of electricity atop a 120-foot steel tower in Mt. Prospect, Ill., Dec. 28, 1999.
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