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Family Mourns Victim in NV Energy Death

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LAS VEGAS -- NV Energy is facing $43,000 in fines and seven violations after a new worker died on the job.

OSHA released its findings exactly six months since the death of Herbie Goforth III. His family said the findings and subsequent fine against NV Energy is a slap in the face.

Gofarth had only been training on the job for two weeks when he went up a high voltage transmission line during a training exercise back in September. Goforth fell off the transmission line 75 feet to his death.

Judy Greene was just 11 days away from marrying the man she wanted to spend the rest of her life with.

"He was amazing and he was the love of my life," Greene said. "He was very proud to be a lineman, and he was a special person."

In the months since Gorforth's death, the Feds said there were multiple failures by NV Energy.

The OSHA reports show Goforth was given gloves with holes along with a protective suit and boots not fitting. The report also states NV Energy failed to provide fall protection.

Herbie's mother Rosa Goforth doesn't want her only child's death to be in vain and wants to make sure a tragedy like hers is never repeated.

"The first thing that came to my mind after seeing all the citations that they are telling me my son's worth 43,000 dollars," Rosa Goforth said. "I want them to take this seriously and make changes so another family doesn't go through the pain and suffering that my husband and I go through everyday of our lives."

NV Energy released this statement reading in part:

"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 15th to pay the fine.

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