When it comes to electrical work, unique hazards exist that pit employees against potentially life threatening hazards. Third degree burns, injuries sustained after falls from power lines and traumatic brain injuries are just a few of the potential risks that workers face when working with high voltage equipment. Emergency responders in West Carrollton, Ohio, were reminded of that grave reality following a fatal accident that cost the life of a welder who was only 33 years old.
The accident took place at the Cohen Recycling center near Cincinnati. The company that owns the facility now faces an intense investigation on behalf of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. As the workforce safety wing of the U.S. Department of Labor, OSHA investigates companies in the wake of these tragic accidents to ensure the safety of other employees.
"Employers who work with high voltage electricity must train workers in recognizing hazards and proper procedures to de-energize lines, and ensure the working environment is safe. No workers should lose their life on the job," said Ken Montgomery, OSHA Area Director in Cincinnati, told The Dayton Daily News. Upon the conclusion of their investigation, Mr. Montgomery's office cited Cohen Recycling with one willful and eight serious safety violations. In response to those citations, OSHA has proposed fines exceeding $100,000. These costly penalties can be easily avoided with the implementation of workplace safety initiatives.
Accident prevention programs, workforce training courses and personal protection equipment are essential for preserving the safety of employees that come into constant risk with high voltage electrical equipment. Behavior based safety initiates can be particularly influential in educating employees how to perform their responsibilities in a manner that will not compromise their safety.
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