Utility Fined $80,000 for Electrical Injuries to Two Workers

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As workers were cutting and splicing cables in an underground chamber, a worker cut into a live high-voltage cable, causing an electrical flash. He suffered first and second degree burns, while a co-worker suffered flash burns. The MOL found that the worker who cut the live cable thought it had been de-energized and “speared” to confirm it was de-energized as required by Rule UG601(5) of the Toronto Hydro Rule Book. The utility pleaded guilty to failing to take the reasonable precaution of complying with that rule. The court fined it $80,000 [Toronto Hydro-Electric System Ltd., Govt. News Release, Sept.30, 2010].