Pennsylvania Contractor Cited in Fatal Electrocution Case

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Johnstown, PA – OSHA has cited Insight Pipe Contracting LLC for workplace safety and health violations following an employee electrocution at a worksite in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. The Harmony-based contractor faces $331,101 in proposed penalties.

OSHA initiated a safety investigation after an employee suffered a fatal electrocution. Two employees who attempted to assist him were hospitalized after receiving an electrical shock.

The event left about 300 homes in Johnstown’s Moxham section without power.

The employees were making a trenchless sewer repair when the incident occurred. OSHA conducted a subsequent health investigation upon referral from the OSHA safety compliance officer who investigated the fatality.

OSHA cited the company for failing to:

  • Develop and implement procedures for confined space entry;
  • Train employees on confined space hazards;
  • Conduct atmospheric testing before permitting entry into a sewer line;
  • Use a retrieval line; and
  • Complete proper permits.

The Agency placed the company in its Severe Violator Enforcement Program.

OSHA states that electrocution is one of the leading causes of death in the construction industry.