OSHA Investigating Rochester Plumber’s Electrocution Death

The worker was performing work on an apartment building

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The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death of a Rochester plumber who was electrocuted on the job earlier this week.

Detective Sgt. John Peracchi tells The Portsmouth Herald the police investigation into the death of David Dufresne Jr. is complete and OSHA will further probe the incident.

The 52-year-old self-employed plumber was electrocuted on Aug. 18 while performing work on an apartment in the McIntosh Condominium building.

Rose Ohar, OSHA's regional director, says the agency opened an investigation after learning about Dufresne's death.

Deputy City Manager Nancy Colbert Puff said Thursday it appears that Dufresne died while in the process of installing a dishwasher.

Ohar says OSHA doesn't have jurisdiction over private properties, but the agency will investigate the incident anyways.

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