OSHA Levies $331,000 Fine Against Butler County Contractor for Electrocution
Daniel Moore | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Issuing one of the largest penalties in Pennsylvania in recent years, federal workplace safety officials levied a $331,101 fine against a Butler County utility contractor after an employee was electrocuted and two others were hospitalized by electrical shocks in April while working at a job site in Johnstown.
The fine, announced late last week by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, was the third-largest initial penalty issued for violations at Pennsylvania work sites in the last three years, according to OSHA’s records.
“Electrocution is one of the leading causes of death in the construction industry,” Christopher Robinson, director of the Pittsburgh-area OSHA office, said in a press release. “Complying with OSHA safety and health standards is not optional. Employers are required to take necessary precautions to prevent tragedies such as this…” (Read the full story)