OSHA has fined a Florida energy company $90,000 for repeatedly failing to protect workers from electrical shock, which resulted in the recent preventable death of one man. According to OSHA’s enforcement report, Reddick-based Duke Energy Florida Inc. was aware of and routinely allowed workers to bypass safety protocols while performing circuit testing in electrical substations. Christopher Lee Dasher was in the midst of such tests during a repair when he contacted an energized circuit and was electrocuted. He died later from his injuries at the age of 36. The accident resulted in several serious and willful violations and OSHA has placed the company into its Severe Violator Enforcement Program for demonstrating “indifference” to the previous citations and for its history of additional, non-fatal electrical shocks.
Read the full release from OSHA here.