Verizon Fined For Technician’s Death In Brooklyn

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Verizon has been fined more than $140,000 for safety violations in connection with the electrocution of a technician.

Douglas LaLima was working in a lift bucket last fall installing cables in Brooklyn when he came into contact with a power line and was electrocuted.

Federal investigators say LaLima was not wearing insulation gloves and was not properly trained. They also say his bucket was too close to the power line.

Verizon denies the death was caused by the company failing to follow safety requirements and plans to appeal.

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  • Rob Maeurer

    Phone cables are separate from electric wires

  • The Priest

    $140,000 fine? That’s like 3-days worth of bonus for a Verizon executive.

  • Joey

    Aren’t they supposed to shut off the power before working on the wires?

    • Dimsum Harry


  • Rob Maeurer

    Unless that fine goes to Lalima’s family, what is the point. My dad works for Verizon in Manhattan. Verizon has very trained employees. Training isn’t an issue. This was simply getting trapped with many wires in a tree. It’s not easy work.

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