PG&E plans to reinspect 16,400 overhead transformers and
other electrical equipment—most of it in Santa Clara County—after an internal
investigation found more than two dozen instances where its inspectors had
falsely claimed to have checked underground electrical gear, a company
spokesman said Thursday.
The decision to recheck the overhead equipment follows
PG&E’s disclosure earlier this year that it had fired four of its
inspectors and several other contract employees after learning that 25
underground sites weren’t inspected as workers had claimed.
Of those locations, six were in Santa Clara County, one was
in San Mateo County and the rest were outside the Bay Area.
In a regulatory filing with the California Public Utilities
Commission, PG&E said the overhead equipment to be rechecked had reportedly
been inspected in 2010 and this year by the fired workers. It added that the PUC’s staff had urged the
overhead gear to be looked at again "to remove any question about whether
its overhead facilities were properly inspected."
Noting that most of the Bay Area overhead systems to be
rechecked are in Santa Clara County, with some others in San Francisco,
PG&E spokesman Andrew Souvall said the work is expected to be done early
next year, and "the cost of those reinspections will be paid by our
& Shea is a nationally recognized personal injury law firm located in
San Jose, California. The firm has extensive experience in representing individuals
and their families in cases involving catastrophic injuries
death and traumatic brain
injury. Since 1966, Shea & Shea have successfully represented the
seriously injured and their families in both state and federal
courts. To learn more, visit us at www.Shea-Shea.com or telephone