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OSHA to investigate electrocution of man

September 26, 2007|By DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration will investigate the death of a utility worker who was electrocuted Monday while installing a power line in the area of the Cress Creek development north of Shepherdstown, W.Va.

OSHA will examine what happened, how it occurred and whether there were any violations of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, OSHA spokeswoman Leni Uddyback-Fortson said.

OSHA has six months to perform an investigation and release its findings, Uddyback-Fortson said.

OSHA works to ensure employee safety, and since 1971, the agency has cut workplace fatalities by more than 60 percent, according to the agency's Web site.

The agency has policies to enforce its regulations and has 1,100 inspectors.

Officials have said they cannot release the name of the man who was killed in Monday's accident.

The 35-year-old man was installing a line between two poles when his hand came in contact with a line off Shepherd Grade Road, Berkeley County Medical Examiner David Brining said.

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When rescue crews arrived at the scene off Shepherd Grade Road, the man's co-workers had him out of the bucket in which he was working and were administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation to him, Shepherdstown Fire Department EMS Capt. Bob Burner said.

The worker was taken to City Hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va., where he was pronounced dead after the 3:30 p.m. accident.

Brining referred further questions about the man to U.S. Utilities, a utility construction company in Perrysburg, Ohio.

A woman who answered the phone at U.S. Utilities would not release any information Tuesday about the accident, discuss the type of work the company does or identify herself.

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