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High Voltage Electrical Safety Is Topic Of CONN-OSHA Breakfast Roundtable Group

For immediate release
August 15, 2008

WETHERSFIELD, The dangers of working with high voltage electricity will be the topic at the Aug. 19 Breakfast Roundtable Discussion meeting being sponsored by the Connecticut Department of Labor’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (CONN-OSHA). 

The Breakfast Roundtable Discussion Group will meet from 8:15 to 9:45 a.m. in Conference Rooms A and B of the agency's Central Office, 200 Folly Brook Blvd., Wethersfield. 

Milo Ozkan of Northeast Utilities, a safety and heath administrator and certified industrial hygienist with N.U.’s Connecticut Light and Power Western Division will head the discussion.

Ozkan will explain how electricity works, and detail tasks that should or should not be done when working near power lines. He will also conduct a visual demonstration of several items that would not typically be considered conductors of electricity, but most definitely are. 

According to John Able, CONN-OSHA Safety Training Specialist who coordinates the breakfast series, Ozkan has held his current position with Northeast Utilities since 2002, and was previously an industrial hygienist with the company. Prior to joining N.U., he was employed by the Connecticut Department of Labor as an Occupational Health supervisor.

”Our guest speaker will talk about the so-called ‘touch and step potential’ when working around electricity, and will outline caution issues when working near power lines, especially during a storm/accident-downed wire situation,” Able noted.  

Also continuing this month, Able notes, will be the discussion portion of the program. Time permitting, each person taking part will be asked to submit a question for discussion and participants will be invited to share their opinion regarding the issue.  

Admission to the roundtable is free, but pre-registration is required. To register for the breakfast roundtable or for additional information, please contact Able at (860) 263-6902, or via email at

Media Contact: Nancy Steffens  (860) 263-6535

200 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield, CT 06109 / Phone: 860-263-6000

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