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Region 4 News Release   USDOL: 02-199
Date: Thurs., Oct. 03, 2002
Contact: Lorette Post     Jo Anne Burgoyne
Phone: 404-562-2076     404-562-2076


Failure To Ground Power Lines Contributes To Worker Death
L.E. Myers Company Enters Safety and Health Agreement With OSHA

CROSSVILLE, Tenn. -- An electrical contractor's failure to ensure that power lines were properly grounded contributed to the electrocution death of an employee at TVA's Crossville Substation. The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration's inspection of the fatality has led to a settlement in which L.E. Myers Company agreed to pay $105,000 in OSHA penalties and committed to safety improvements at job sites throughout the southeast.

The accident that brought OSHA to the L.E. Myers job site occurred on April 2. An employee, working from an elevated basket, was electrocuted when he came in contact with an ungrounded incoming power line energized by a buildup of induced voltage.

"This tragedy could have been avoided if the employer had simply left the grounds in place until all site work was completed in the substation," said Ron McGill, OSHA's Nashville area director. "Management at L.E. Myers was fully aware of OSHA requirements. Yet, workers were exposed to electrocution hazards and had not been trained in proper procedure and protection."

In addition to paying the OSHA fine, L.E. Myers has hired a vice-president of safety and health with significant safety and health experience in the electrical transmission industry. Under the agreement, the company will also implement a comprehensive safety and health program, including accountability provisions and safety training for employees.

L.E. Myers, based in Rolling Meadows, Ill., employs nearly 1200 workers, eight of whom were on the Crossville TVA site. Inspection of the Crossville accident was conducted by OSHA's Nashville area office -- 615-781-5423.


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