Identity of man fatally electrocuted at Hamilton home released

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UPDATE @ 3 p.m.:

David E. Robertson, 67, of Hamilton, was doing chimney work on a house in the 2300 block of Pleasant Avenue when he made contact with a power line, according to Hamilton police.

Robertson was found unresponsive and could not be revived by the Hamilton Fire Department, according to the police report.

An autopsy was performed today on the man who was fatally electrocuted Saturday afternoon in the 2300 block of Pleasant Avenue in Hamilton, according to the Butler County Coroner’s Office.

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Results are expected to be released Tuesday, officials said.

Because the incident took place at a residence, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, doesn’t have jurisdiction, said Scott Allen, spokesman for the U.S. Department of Labor.

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He said OSHA only has jurisdiction to conduct an investigation if the accident took place at a business and there was an employee/employer relationship.

FIRST REPORT (July 14):

A man was fatally electrocuted Saturday afternoon around 3:00 p.m. at 2327 Pleasant Avenue, according to a release.

Units from the Hamilton Fire Department responded to a reported electrocution, and upon arrival found a male subject had made contact with power lines while operating on a portable articulating lift.

The equipment was quickly de-energized through the rapid efforts of the Hamilton Electrical Utility Division.

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It was determined that the lift operator did not survive the event and the Butler County Coroner and Hamilton Police Department are investigating the incident.

The man was removed through the cooperative efforts of the employees from the fire, police, and electrical divisions.