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Oregon OSHA Fine’s Powerline Company after Worker Dies on the Job

Katie Chapman3 years ago

According to KVAL, the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a fine of $7,000 to North American Powerline Construction Services (NAPCS) on February 4, 2014 in response to a workplace accident that left an employee of NAPCS dead.

About the NAPCS Workplace Accident

On August 9, 2013, David Huynh, 31, was on an aerial lift taking photographs of completed work when the aerial lift tipped over; he fell to the ground.

Huynh suffered a major head injury and died at a Portland Hospital two weeks after the accident.

Huynh and a co-worker had just repaired a newly installed 4G antenna system on a power pole in south Eugene.

NAPCS Faces $7,000 Fine for Safety Violations

Oregon investigators found that NAPCS violated the manufacturer’s instructions when the Genie 65S was set up on a hill.

Now NAPCS is facing a $7,000 fine after the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division investigated the on-the-job accident.

Huynh and a co-worker had just repaired a newly installed 4G antenna system on a power pole in south Eugene.

OSHA Construction Accident Statistics
  • According to OSHA, 4,383 workers were killed on the job in 2012.
  • Out of 3,945 worker fatalities in private industries in 2012, 775 or 19.6% were in construction.
  • The leading causes of worker deaths on construction sites were falls, followed by struck by object, electrocution, and caught in/between.
  • On average, more than 84 workers die a week or 12 deaths a day. 

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