2012-10-31 / Local & State

Man Sentenced Over Employee Accident, Death

PITTSBURGH (AP) – The owner of a western Pennsylvania painting company has pleaded guilty to willfully violating federal workplace safety standards when one of his employees was electrocuted while painting near some power lines.

Seventy-eight-year-old Thomas Caruso was sentenced Thursday to one year of probation by Judge Lisa Pupo Lenihan. Caruso, the owner of Modern Painting & Decorating, of Springdale, had already been fined $57,900 for the electrocution death of 48-year- old Paul Thompson.

Thompson, of Blawnox, was killed in April, 2010, when he was hit by electrical wires while working. Prosecutors say that during a previous job Caruso had a power company sleeve the lines to protect his workers.

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