Kentucky Ice Bucket Electrocution Was Accident

November 6, 2014

Kentucky utilities regulators won’t pursue any penalties stemming from an ice bucket challenge that resulted in one firefighter being killed.

The Kentucky Public Service Commission on Wednesday says the 69-kiloVolt transmission line involved in the Aug. 21 accident was operated in accordance with safety standards.

There is an ongoing investigation of the fire department by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

The accident happened when the Campbellsville Fire and Rescue Department raised a platform on a truck after dumping water on the Campbellsville University marching band in a charity stunt to raise funds to fight the disease ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Two firefighters, 41-year-old Tony Grider and 22-year-old firefighter Simon Quinn were on the fire truck’s ladder. Grider died in September. Quinn left the hospital Sept. 15.

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