Pa. PUC Approves Penalty After Power Line Death

Law360, Philadelphia (January 9, 2014, 4:40 PM EST) -- The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission approved a settlement with West Penn Power Co. on Thursday that includes an $86,000 penalty stemming from a power line accident that caused a woman's death, after the victim’s family advocated public safety modifications to an earlier plan.

The family of a western Pennsylvania woman who was electrocuted in 2009, Carrie Goretzka, pushed the PUC both to begin the investigation and to improve the settlement. The commission ultimately specified that refresher training for the utility’s linemen should take place annually. But...
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