Owner pleads guilty in man's electrocution

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A Springdale Borough businessman pleaded guilty Thursday to willful violation of an occupational safety regulation that contributed to the 2010 electrocution of a man working on a Habitat for Humanity building.

Thomas C. Caruso, of Modern Painting and Decorating, was also sentenced to a year of probation. He had been scheduled to either plead or undergo a bench trial before U.S. Magistrate Judge Lisa Pupo Lenihan.

Modern Painting was fined $57,900 by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration after the April 7, 2010, death of Paul Thompson, 48, of Pittsburgh. Mr. Thompson was working too close to unsheathed power lines.

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