NV Energy Fined $43K Over Deadly Accident - 8 News NOW

NV Energy Fined $43K Over Deadly Accident

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LAS VEGAS -- NV Energy has been fined $43,000 following an investigation into a worker's death.

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited the company for seven alleged safety and health violations, six of the violations are considered serious, meaning they can cause serious physical harm or death.

NV Energy worker Herbie Goforth III was killed when he fell 75 feet during a training exercise on Sept. 25, 2012. OSHA penalized NV Energy for several equipment failures that exposed workers to hazards. Goforth was standing on horizontal ladder used as a platform between a transmission tower and a live transmission line when he fell to his death.

Among other things, the company was fined for improperly fitting protective clothing, suits and gloves with holes, using equipment for which it wasn't designed and failure to provide equipment to prevent a fall.

NV Energy released the following statement:

"We are now in receipt of the OSHA findings associated with the tragic loss of one of our employees last fall. The Company is currently reviewing the details to determine our next steps. Because our business can be a dangerous one, the most important thing to us as a company is the continued safety of our employees. All of our training exercises for this type of work continue to be within industry standards. We are committed to being a leader in safe work practices and diligent adherence to Federal and State requirements regarding the safety of our employees."

NV Energy has until April 15 to pay the fine.


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