Stiff Penalties in Electrocution Case

Source: OSHA

Butler, PA – OSHA has levied fines of more than $300,000 against an electrical contractor following the death of a worker in April 2018.

Christopher Diaz, a 30-year-old employee of Insight Pipe Contracting LLC, was “leaning against” a hydraulic forklift that touched live power lines, according to a story from The Butler Eagle.

Two other workers who attempted to assist them were also shocked but did not die. OSHA immediately began an investigation into the incident that killed Diaz and found multiple violations.

The agency discovered Insight Pipe Contracting failed 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.

OSHA placed the company in its Severe Violator Enforcement Program and fined Insight Pipe a proposed $331,101.