Jackson Purchase Energy Corp. fined $20,000 for electrocution of lineman

FRANKFORT, KY — Jackson Purchase Energy Corp. has been fined $20,000 for safety violations that contributed to the fatal electrocution of a lineman.

On January 6, 2017 Josh Franklin was electrocuted while working on an outage in McCracken County. He died 10 days later.

On Wednesday, the Kentucky Public Service Commission fined Jackson Purchase Energy Corp. for safety violations that contributed to Franklin’s death.

The commission said it found eight separate violations and assessed the maximum penalty of $2,500 for each one. Jackson Purchase has been ordered to pay the $20,000 total penalty within 30 days.

One of the violations stems from the linemen assuming that the line was not conducting electricity. A safety device was also found to be faulty and was falsely indicating that the power was off when in fact it was not.

The commission also found that Franklin did not test the line to make sure it was not conducting electricity and was not using protective equipment because he thought the line was not energized.

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