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A Savannah, Georgia, company that performs work in crawl spaces failed to de-energize power lines before sending a worker to dig a shallow drainage trench, resulting in his death by electrocution, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Wednesday.
OSHA, in proposing a $31,284 fine following the April 18 incident, cited East Coast Crawl LLC – operating as Crawlspace Medic of Savannah – “for not making sure to de-energize electrical lines before allowing employees to work and dig within the danger zone, which exposed workers to electrical shock hazards.”
East Coast Crawl also allegedly failed to train employees to recognize and avoid unsafe conditions and did not provide personal protective equipment for working in a confined space, OSHA said. It also failed to identify all permit-required confined spaces, according to the agency.
The company has 15 days to contest the citation.