- Associated Press - Saturday, April 18, 2015

REDDICK, Fla. (AP) - Federal officials have fined Duke Energy Florida Inc. $90,000 in the death of an employee electrocuted at a north Florida substation.

The Ocala Star-Banner reports (https://bit.ly/1OUgrq2 ) that the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration found the company responsible for one willful and four serious safety violations in the Oct. 15 death of Christopher Lee Dasher, 35.

The company has 15 business days to pay the fine, contest the findings or request a conference with OSHA officials. Duke Energy spokeswoman Valerie Patterson says the company is evaluating the citation.

Patterson says Duke Energy continues to “implement actions and lessons learned from this incident to strengthen our safety program.”

Marion County authorities said Dasher was working at a Reddick substation when he came into contact with a live test line.


Information from: Ocala (Fla.) Star-Banner, https://www.starbanner.com/



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