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Cal/OSHA cites ad firm after billboard worker shocked

Cal/OSHA cites ad firm after billboard worker shocked

California workplace safety regulators have cited and proposed $32,435 in fines against an outdoor advertising company for serious safety violations after a worker suffered third-degree burns.

The employee of New York-based Outfront Media Inc. was injured Feb. 6 when a metal pole he was using to install a sign on a billboard came into contact with an overhead power line, resulting in serious burns to 25% of his body, according to a statement issued Thursday by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health.

The agency issued a serious accident-related citation for a violation of provisions to prevent accidents due to proximity to overhead lines and a serious citation for failure to identify and evaluate hazards related to installing signs on billboards in proximity to power lines.

“When energized overhead lines are present, the employer must ensure that employees maintain required clearances, or minimum safe distances from the overhead lines, to protect employees from electrical shock or electrocution,” Cal/OSHA Chief Juliann Sum said in the statement.

Cal/OSHA also issued a general citation to the employer for an inadequate heat illness prevention plan for its outdoor workers.

A company spokesperson could not be immediately reached for comment.


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