Man killed in accident at NIPSCO’s Wheatfield plant
By Matt Mikus firstname.lastname@example.org December 4, 2012 3:32PM
Work continues inside and around the new stack, center, at the NIPSCO R.M. Schahfer generating plant in Wheatfield Tuesday April 3, 2012.| File Photo~Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 6, 2013 9:52AM
An accident took the life of a construction worker Tuesday morning at NIPSCO’s R.M. Schahfer Generating Station in Wheatfield.
Troy Jabaay, 49, of Hebron, was transported to Porter Regional Hospital and pronounced dead at 8:44 a.m., according to Chuck Harris, Porter County coroner. Jabaay was a contract employee with Safway Services LLC, a company that provides scaffolding and other construction equipment nationwide.
He was working on a maintenance activity that was unrelated to the ongoing environmental standards project to install pollution control equipment, NIPSCO spokesman Tom Stevens said.
An investigation is under way on the cause of death and the accident, but preliminary reports suggest Jabaay fell from scaffolding. An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday morning.
In the case of an accident, Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration will start an investigation into the company’s safety practices, to determine if all safety protocols were followed. Safway Services contacted IOSHA within eight hours, as required by law. A compliance officer was on the scene later to begin the inspection, said Chetrice Mosley of the Indiana Department of Labor.
“The investigation is comprehensive and it’s not just about the incident,” Mosley said. “It includes whether there was proper training, the right equipment available, to make sure that employers are doing everything they can to avoid injuries to their employees.”
The investigation can take up to six months, but Mosley said most take one or two months.
“We’re saddened by the death earlier today of a contracted employee,” Stevens said. “Our deepest sympathy goes out to the family and co-workers who knew him. We’re deeply concerned, and we’re going to investigate to find out what happened, and cooperate with state officials in the investigation.”