PaintSquare.com
      | Connect Follow us on Twitter Like us on Facebook
About | Subscribe | Advertise
  

 

Download our free ebook on Advances in Corrosion Control Coating Technology

Paint and Coatings Industry News

Main News Page


Bridge Worker Burned by Power Line

Friday, May 18, 2012

More items for Health & Safety

Comment | More

Authorities are investigating how a bridge worker came to suffer a jolt from a 23,000-volt power line at a construction site near Pittsburgh, PA.

The man, who was not identified, was severely burned in the accident but was breathing and responsive at the scene. The victim was transported to a local medical center, then airlifted to a Pittsburgh hospital for treatment.

 Authorities said the crane came in contact with the 23,000-volt power line.
Authorities said the crane came in contact with the 23,000-volt power line.

The project was immediately halted, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration was investigating.

The victim is employed by Century Steel Erectors, of Dravosburg, PA. The company did not respond to a request for comment on the accident.

Crane-Wire Contact

The accident occurred about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday (May 16) at the Veterans Memorial Bridge, now under construction in Bridgewater, PA, authorities said.

Authorities said that a crawler crane staged on a barge in the Beaver River came in direct, or near, contact with a web of power lines above the site. The crane is owned by Century Steel Erectors.

“There was contact made with the wire,” Beaver County Commissioner Dennis Nichols told reporters. “Through the crane in some fashion, the individual has some burns.”

It was not immediately clear whether the crane actually touched the overhead wires or was simply close enough for the power to arc to the crane and down the hoist cables. Reports also conflicted as to whether the victim was inside the crane or outside holding onto a hook at the time.

Dan Grove, director of corporate safety for Century Steel Erectors, told the Beaver County Times that a crane on the ground was being used to build the barge-based crane, which would be used to place beams on the bridge. Grove would not say where the worker was when he was injured.

Photos of the accident site are available here.

Project, Records

The $22 million project includes the construction of a new highway bridge and approaches, replacement of an existing railroad structure, widening of a concrete roadway and other work. The prime contractor is Golden Triangle Construction Company Inc. of Imperial, PA.
 
Century Steel Erectors has been inspected by OSHA 17 times since 2003 and was cited on 10 different occasions. Most of the fines have been under $5,000. The company has no open cases with OSHA.

OSHA cited Golden Triangle on two occasions in 2003; the company has no other record with OSHA.

This is the first significant accident on the project, which began in the fall of 2010 and is to be completed by the spring of 2014.The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is overseeing construction.

“It’s certainly a very disheartening situation, tragic situation,” said Nichols. “We hope the best for his full recovery.”

   

Tagged categories: Accidents; Bridges; Construction; Contractors; OSHA

Comment Join the Conversation:

Sign in to our community to add your comments.

Bullard

The Next Generation
of Blasting

• Lightest
• Coolest
• Most Comfortable
• Most Dependable


Clemco Industries Corp.
Powerful Protection in a Small Package

Mounts inside blast helmet, alerts operator to dangerous breathing-air condition by audible, visual, and vibratory alarms. Easily calibrated, battery operated.


Atlantic Design, Inc.
OUR QUALITY & YOUR TIME.

Many service issues can be easily solved over the phone. When you do need parts, ADI has most in stock for all your blasting needs. 866.Call.ADI


Manus Abrasive Systems, Inc./Mod-U-Blast Mfg.
Manus Abrasive
& Mod-U-Blast Mfg

stock several handy tools to accomplish a wide range of internal pipe blasting/cleaning.
Dealer inquiries welcome.


U.S. Zinc
Historic Reliability. Innovative Performance.

Our products are essential ingredients in many materials used around the globe every day. Historic reliability. Innovative performance. U.S. Zinc - Helping the world work™


Termarust Technologies
Termarust (HR CSA) Chemically Stops
Active Corrosion

Hydro Utility Penstock Overcoated in 1997. Was power washed and overcoated with major cost saving. No environmental impact with Termarust's low LC50 of 41,007 ppm.


Armakleen Company, The
ARMEX when nondestructive cleaning is critical

The gentle physical propriety of baking soda but yet aggressive cleaning ability is what makes ARMEX the only choice for nondestructive abrasive blasting.


Safway Services
One Source. Every Solution.

The Safway Group is your source for multiservices. Painting, coating, insulation and more – all from the most trusted name in the industry.


Abrasives Inc.
Need abrasives FAST?

Emergencies happen – who bails you out? One call to Abrasives Inc. and it's taken care of. Period. Sales support available 24/7.
800-584-7524

 
 
 
Technology Publishing

The Technology Publishing Network

The Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings (JPCL) PaintSquare
Durability + Design Paint BidTracker

 
EXPLORE:      JPCL   |   PaintSquare News   |   Interact   |   Buying Guides   |   Webinars   |   Resources   |   Classifieds
REGISTER AND SUBSCRIBE:      Free PaintSquare Registration   |   Subscribe to JPCL   |   Subscribe to PaintSquare News
MORE:      About PaintSquare.com   |   Privacy policy   |   Terms & conditions   |   Site Map   |   Search   |   Contact Us
 

© Copyright 2000-2015, Technology Publishing / PaintSquare, All rights reserved
2100 Wharton Street, Suite 310, Pittsburgh PA 15203-1951; Tel 1-412-431-8300; Fax 1-412-431-5428; E-mail webmaster@paintsquare.com