OSHA investigating lineman’s electrocution death in New Limerick

By Jen Lynds, BDN Staff
Posted June 24, 2013, at 3:27 p.m.

NEW LIMERICK, Maine — An official with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration was in Aroostook County Monday trying to determine what may have caused the apparent electrocution of an Eastern Maine Electric Cooperative lineman.

William Coffin, OSHA’s area director for Maine, said Monday afternoon that a compliance officer was investigating the accident that killed Mark Miles, 43, of New Limerick.

Miles was found unresponsive near exposed power lines after responding to an outage call in New Limerick. “It appeared that Miles made contact with the power lines, which resulted in his death,” state police said. He was taken by ambulance to Houlton Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

“I have not heard from the compliance officer yet,” Coffin said. “I don’t expect to hear anything today, as the investigation is ongoing.”

Charlie McAlpin, manager of communication and member services for EMEC, said Monday that the company had no further details to release on the accident. He said that Miles was responding to a service call when the accident took place. While Miles had only worked for EMEC since Sept. 2012, McAlpin said that he had been a lineman for approximately 10 years and had gained experience working for other companies.

Scott Hallowell, the CEO of EMEC, said on Saturday that the thoughts and prayers of everyone at the company were with Miles’ family.

Eastern Maine Electric Cooperative is a not-for-profit, consumer-owned electric utility serving approximately 3,000 square miles of rural Maine in Washington, Aroostook and Penobscot Counties.

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