Power outage leaves 1,600 without electricity

Emergency crews shut down a stretch of Ohio 2 in Ottawa County for several hours Monday after a contractor’s mishap knocked out power in parts of the county
Alex Green
Apr 8, 2014

 

Up to 1,500 residents near Gypsum and 100 residents in Port Clinton were without power for several hours, according to Ohio Edison’s website.

The outage came at about 2:50 p.m., when a Beaver Excavating employee inadvertently knocked over an electrical wire, causing the wire to catch fire. Beaver Excavating is the company the Ohio Department of Transportation hired to handle environmental mitigation of mines near Ohio 2.

The incident prompted emergency officials to close Ohio 2, from Ohio 53 to Ohio 163, for several hours so work crews could replace the damaged wire. By about 6:30 p.m., power was restored and the road was re-opened, according to Ohio Edison’s website and county officials.

The blunder caused a multitude of cars to get stuck on Ohio 2 during the incident.

Ottawa County Sheriff Stephen Levorchick said work crews secured the wires and got the mess off the road, allowing law enforcement officials to get the motorists off the road.

 

   Ohio Department of Transportation employees did not return multiple phone messages seeking comment.

Comments

Dwight K.

Hmm I wonder if anyone lost their job

bnjjad

Really? Thats all that matters to you? an accident at work and you want them fired. Ok then.

Dwight K.

Not sure where it says they should be fired...but OK then

bnjjad

Wonder if anyone lost their job? - Unless you mean because they were delayed in getting to work because of the closure then I am not sure what else you could have possibly meant by that.

Please explain.

Dwight K.

Well someone knocked over a power line which caught fire causing a power outage. Probably costing decent amount of money to replace and fix. So it was more of a question than a response. Might wanna take the stick out of your butt. Just saying.

bnjjad

I would rather leave it there. Prevents others from putting it there.

Finn Finn

Don't know if anyone lost their job, but "an accident at work" meant four hours of rain with no electricity, no heat, no pumps working in basements, water to the top of the crock with daylight waning, and much worry and anxiety. Your "accident at work" means different things to different people.

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2cents

After to lakeshore power outage this is how I fly now!

http://www.alracelectric.com/ima...

Finn Finn

Good to know, but I'm not upset with Ohio Edison, just the Beaver employee who took the line down.

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2cents

It is funny to me in a way! I was driving to Columbus Saturday, stuck in traffic because of some idiot that came out of the construction zone too fast and hit a bridge. While sitting there my passenger asked me what the sign was on the side of the road that said (power lines above) I told her it was for the construction workers to remind them that there were wires above so they did not catch their equipment in them. I guess it was Oops in PC! : )

Finn Finn

Not to mention that the lines themselves were marked with bright orange Markers. I guess we should all be happy that no one was injured or electrocuted. I am sure there were some tense moments at the time.

ladydye_5

Do construction guys lose their jobs when they accidentally hit gas lines, causing a loss of gas and evacuations?

Finn Finn

Good question. The point being, "accidents" such as these effect thousands of people and therefore, are not just "in house" events. The outage went all the way into Marblehead. LaFarge quarry was without power while a freighter waited at the dock, waiting to be loaded. Just saying.

bnjjad

And with anything, accidents happen and with contracts for services their are built in areas to compensate for credits for time lost/damage if you so choose to try and enact them.

What would you be saying if this was a simple power outage due to a traffic accident? Want to fire the electric company for not doing something about it or maybe find the person who had the accident and then sue them?

If I have an accident at work it could affect thousands of people not being able to access important financial information, I would not be fired for that, i can promise you that. I would be held accountable and my evaluation would reflect that though.

Witch hunt is all you are after.

Edit: Which is why my company is a dream to work for, our employee moral is extremely high, and we have positive gains from all of it.

Finn Finn

Not everyone agrees with you. Deal with it.

bnjjad

I am dealing with it. Just letting my opinion out there just as everyone else on this blog does. - Deal with it.

Finn Finn

What are you - in an arguing mood this morning? It's not that big of a deal. Calm down.

ladydye_5

Finn-that was my point...when they shut down, reroute traffic, evacuate half of downtown Toledo due to a gas leak/outage due to whoever (city workers, road crews, sewer workers) hits a gas line/main, I highly doubt, have NEVER heard of them being fired for it. Just saying.

Finn Finn

I don't know why you would highly doubt. "Accidents" of that nature and magnitude often result in firing. I'm not saying anyone should or shouldn't be fired. I don't know the specifics, ie. how the accident occurred. After their own investigation, Beaver will probably make that determination. So I go back to MY original point. When your job duties, as well as mistakes while on that job, effect in a significant way, the property and well being of thousands of other, you are held to a higher standard of qualifications, capability and responsibility. And the salary would, or at least should, reflect that.

Dwight K.

Good grief

ohioengineer

There is no such thing as an accident on a construction site; rather there is failure to follow established work practices. This is not about one employee messing up and being punished accordingly, but a breakdown in the process. Hopefully, this is where the investigation will focus: discovering where the process failed and taking steps so the same thing doesn't happen again.