The state Public Service Commission has fined South Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative Corp. $9,250 for safety violations that led to an accident in which two contractor employees were injured.
On Aug. 5, 2008, two employees of Elliot Construction received minor electric burns while replacing a 7,200-volt line in Casey County. They received a jolt of electricity from the rope they were using to pull a new line when the new line touched the old line.
In assessing the fine, the PSC rejected South Kentucky's argument that it is not responsible for actions of its contractors.
The Elliot Construction crew decided to restore power to the old line so that an elderly couple could have the use of their air conditioner, but they failed to protect themselves against the live wire by wearing gloves or grounding the line. They also kept pulling when the new line snagged on vegetation. It was only because the line-to-line contact was brief that the injuries to workers were not severe or even fatal, the PSC said.