Utility Fined More than $68,000 after Worker Suffers Serious Burns

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A worker was trying to secure energized lines to a hydro pole from the basket of a bucket truck. He sustained serious burns to his upper torso as the result of electrical contact. The utility pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that the work was done in a manner that prevented contact with overheard electrical lines and was fined $68,750 [Manitoba Hydro, Govt. News Release, Oct. 30, 2014].