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Contractor Electrocuted at Westchester Airport

Joseph Pingitore, an electrician with Verde Electric Corp., was troubleshooting a lighting problem on Taxiway A

An electrical contractor working at the Westchester County Airport in New York was electrocuted at the end of last month, county executive Rob Astorino said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to a report from Lohud: The Journal News, Joseph Pingitore, a 61-year-old electrician with Verde Electric Corp., was testing the string of lights on taxiway A, directly behind the airport's terminal. He went to investigate one of the lights that was out. While opening and inspecting the lighting assembly, he was electrocuted.

He was on a "trouble ticket" call at the airport, his employer told Lohud. The company had been called to the airport to do maintenance on lights they had installed at an earlier date.

Verde has several transportation-related contracts in the Hudson Valley, including Metro-North for work on the Harlem and Hudson lines and with the Port Authority for Stewart International Airport in Orange County. At Westchester County Airport, the company lists two contracts for "various projects" valued at more than $2.5 million.

OSHA and Verde Electric are investigating the incident.

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