ASSEMBLY STANDING COMMITTEES ON LABOR, ENERGY and
CORPORATIONS, AUTHORITIES and COMMISSIONS
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Assembly Hearing Room 1923, 19th floor
250 Broadway, New York, NY
Consolidated Edison provides electric, gas, and steam services to more than three million homes and businesses in New York City and Westchester County. In the midst of a recent heat wave, the corporation reassigned management employees and retired supervisors to field positions to do the work of traditional employees. Some critics claim that these workers are not qualified to perform these jobs and their health and safety are at risk. In addition there is concern about what procedures have been established to ensure that adequate services are provided to consumers in the event of a power emergency or disruption in services.
Since the recent decision, there have been two known non-fatal injuries to the newly reassigned employees. One employee was injured in a manhole explosion on the Upper West Side and another was burned in a substation fire in Bensonhurst. The purpose of this hearing is to examine the protocols in place to ensure the safety of employees and the public in this challenging situation.
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