L.E. Myers Co. Electrical Contractor Found Guilty Following Fatality

December 11, 2005

Federal Magistrate Judge Geraldine Soat Brown of the Northern District of Illinois has sentenced the L. E. Myers Company following its conviction for reportedly violating five OSHA standards that caused the death of Blake Lane, 20, during his second day on the job as a Myers apprentice.

The judge imposed a fine of $500,000, the maximum penalty provided under the law. In addition, Judge Brown sentenced Myers of Rolling Meadows, Ill., to a period of three years of probation during which, among other things, the company must permit OSHA to inspect its worksites without a warrant and brief OSHA annually regarding the safety and health of its employees.

Lane of Sullivan, Ill., had only recently begun training in the power-line construction industry when he was jolted by 2,400 volts of electricity atop a 120-foot steel tower in Mt. Prospect, Ill., Dec. 28, 1999.

“We are pleased that the judge in this case imposed the maximum penalty, and it should send a loud and clear message that this department will continue to aggressively enforce the law to protect workers,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao.

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