The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which falls under the U.S. Department of Labor, is charged with ensuring that all employees have a safe and healthy working environment. According to the agency, 5,250 workers died on the job in 2018. One of the most common violations found by OSHA was the control of hazardous energy, which includes electrocution and other hazards such as pneumatic, chemical, thermal, and other sources of energy. OSHA has guidelines that protect employees from accidents involving hazardous energies, including ensuring businesses properly label hazards and have detailed documentation.
WSPA reports that a Georgia man has died from an electrical injury while working in West Union.
The man’s death was confirmed by the Oconee County Coroner’s Office on Thursday.
Authorities received a 911 call requesting assistance to the ITRON Plant located on N. Highway 11 in West Union.
Plant and emergency personnel attempted to resurrect the victim, identified as a 52-year-old male. Unfortunately, he was pronounced dead at the scene just before 12:45 P.M.
The man had been employed at ITRON for just over nine years. He worked as a senior technician in a test lab that manufactures electrical meters.
An examination revealed that the man had injuries that resembled electrical wounds to his hands. He had left his workstation and collapsed in a hallway from an apparent cardiac arrest.
OSHA was notified of the man’s death and it has so far been deemed an accident.
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