Worker's death at Carnegie Mellon University investigated

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Authorities are investigating the possible electrocution this morning of a worker on the campus of Carnegie Mellon University.

The Allegheny County medical examiner's office identified the victim as Harold Taylor Jr., 59, of Pittsburgh, who works for Eaton Electrical Company.

The university said in a statement that Mr. Taylor was working in the electrical distribution room on the second floor of Wean Hall when the "industrial accident" occurred.

The 911 call at 10:20 a.m. was for a worker possibly electrocuted in a hallway in Wean Hall, the engineering building near Frew Street.

Mr. Taylor was pronounced dead at the scene a half hour later. An autopsy is scheduled for today.

The U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration is investigating, normal procedure when a person dies on the job.

Acting area director Chris Robinson said two OSHA workers planned to talk to representatives from both Eaton Electrical and CMU, although the investigation will focus primarily on Eaton Electrical.

He said the company did not have any recent major safety violations.

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Liz Navratil:, 412-263-1438 and on Twitter: @liznavratil. First Published January 22, 2013 12:45 AM


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