Man Who Died After Lift Touched Live Power Line Identified as Father of 2
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NASHUA — A man killed after a hydraulic lift he was operating came in contact with a live power line has been identified as a 37-year-old father of two.
On Nov. 2, Jose Valdivieso, of Somerville, Massachusetts, was working for Prime Touch Services of Natick, Massachusetts, at a New Hampshire job site when the fatal accident occured.
Officials said Valdivieso was originally from El Salvador and is survived by two children.
“Jose’s death is a double tragedy – both for his family and loved ones, and because it was 100 percent preventable with proper safety precautions and training,” said Susi Nord, co-director of the N.H. Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health. “2017 has been a particularly deadly year for construction workers in New Hampshire, with six out of seven work-related fatalities this year occurring in the industry.”
According to the 2017 AFL-CIO report on workplace fatalities, Latino and immigrant workers are at a higher risk of death on the job that other workers.
The fatality rate for Latino workers in the U.S. was 18 percent higher than the national average overall and increased significantly in 2015, with 903 deaths compared to 804 in the prior year. Of the 943 immigrant workers killed on the job in 2015, two out of three were Latinos, OSHA said.
Employers and construction contractors in New Hampshire are required by federal law to provide a reasonably safe workplace for all workers including proper safety training and protective equipment. They must also ensure the work environment does not prevent or discourage workers from using safe work practices.
Prime Touch Services was cited by OSHA for two serious safety violations in 2013.