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NV Energy fined $43,000 after employee's death on job

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Updated: 3/27/2013 5:08 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- NV Energy has been fined $43,000 for a fall that killed a 29-year old employee in September.
Tonight on News 3: Herbie Goforth's family is speaking out to News 3’s Gerard Ramalho about the fines. Look for his story on News 3 Nightly at 6 p.m.

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited the utility company after investigating the death of Herbie Goforth III.

Goforth died when he fell 75 feet from a temporary horizontal ladder used as a platform between a transmission tower and a live 500-kilovolt transmission line, according to an OSHA news release. The transmission tower was part of a power grid that crosses the Moapa Paiute Reservation northeast of Las Vegas.

“Working with lines energized at thousands of volts demands expertly trained workers clad in gear that can protect workers from shocks associated with strong electromagnetic fields,” said Joy Flack, director of OSHA’s Las Vegas Area Office. “NV Energy spelled disaster when it failed to ensure these workers were protected from falling.”

NV Energy received six violations from OSHA, including failing to ensure employees didn't use defective or damaged protective gear and failing to require fall-arrest equipment for employees.

NV Energy released the following statement:

NV Energy disagrees strongly with certain allegations in the OSHA citation and characterizations in its press statement. We intend to resolve our disagreements through the regulatory process and accordingly cannot comment further, except to again note that we believe our linemen training exercises have been conducted in accordance with industry standards and applicable regulations. Most importantly, we want to emphasize that our paramount concern is the safety of our employees, and we commit to best-in-class safety performance in all of our operations.



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