Verizon Fined in Brooklyn Electrocution Death

March 20, 2012 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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BROOKLYN (AP) — Verizon has been fined more than $140,000 for safety violations in connection with the electrocution death of a technician in Brooklyn.

Douglas LaLima was working in a lift bucket while installing cables on New Lots Avenue when he came into contact with a power line in September of last year.

LaLima was born and raised in Marine Park, Brooklyn, and was a graduate of James Madison High School. He was living on Staten Island with his wife and four daughters at the time the fatal accident occurred.

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration found that the bucket was too close to the power line and that LaLima lacked insulation gloves and had not been adequately trained.

Verizon spokesman John Bonomo said the company does not believe the death was the result of Verizon failing to follow any OSHA safety requirements. He says Verizon “goes to excruciating detail” to make sure its employees have proper training and working tools.

LaLima was a 15-year veteran of Verizon, according to a Wall Street Journal article published at the time of his death.

OSHA announced the fine on Monday. Bonomo says Verizon plans to appeal.

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