The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), per OSHA Electrical Standards, cited three New York contractors for permitting employees to work dangerously close to high-voltage power lines on June 10, 2013. Vordonia Contracting and Supplies/Alma Realty Corp, Masonry Services of Brooklyn, and North Eastern Precast were building a new housing complex in a Nassau County, New York neighborhood when the violations occurred. The inspection occurred on December 1, 2012. Fines totaled approximately $465,000.
The safety violation stemmed from employees performing concrete work and operating cranes near 13,200 volt overhead power lines. According to OSHA, who enforces the OSHA Electrical Standards, workers ignored numerous requests to refrain from working near the power lines. The Long Island Power Authority warned workers consistently. Even with the warnings, workers continued working under dangerous circumstances. On one occasion, workers were completing a project with live power lines four inches above their heads.
The three contractors were issued citations related to failing to mark power lines, neglecting to educate workers on electrocution hazards, not checking to see whether the lines were energized, and risky crane operating procedures. Employees should consider the basic OSHA Electrical Standards when working near power lines or electricity.
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