Vendor disputes city of Cleveland’s claims after Kate’s Fish worker receives electric shock at West Side Market

Vendor disputes city of Cleveland’s claims after Kate’s Fish worker receives electric shock

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Tensions are mounting between the city of Cleveland and a vendor at the West Side Market.

On Monday, an employee at Kate’s Fish received a shock from electrical wiring at their vending booth when he touched the case where he was working.

In the incident report, the building engineer observed an extension cord operating the back lighting that was hanging outside of the case.

The wiring had a break in it and was touching the case, according to the engineer’s report.

The city said they did not install the wire; a West Side market is disputing those claims
The city said they did not install the wire; a West Side market is disputing those claims (Source: City of Cleveland)

According to a statement released by officials, the source of the shock was an “improperly installed wire” that was not put into place by the city of Cleveland.

The City of Cleveland is committed to the safety of the vendors, customers and employees at the West Side Market. Today, an employee of Kate’s Fish received a shock after touching a case with a defective and improperly installed wire. The wires that caused this incident do not meet the electrical codes enforced by the City of Cleveland, nor were they installed by the City. After learning of today’s incident, the City immediately dispatched an external case vendor to inspect and correct Kate’s Fish unapproved wire installations. The case vendor installed a temporary set-up to mitigate any immediate hazards to vendors or employees. The City also dispatched a Building & Housing chief electrical inspector to review the temporary set-up, and based on the findings are determining the best ways to repair lighting in the case. As an additional safety measure, the City of Cleveland will inspect all vendor cases at the market for compliance with existing code and will address all vendors accordingly.
City of Cleveland statement regarding shock at West Side Market

After the statement from the city was made public, Kate’s Fish took to Twitter to say that Cleveland officials were “incorrect” and “inaccurate” in what they provided to media outlets.

Kate’s Fish has long voiced concerns about working conditions on social media:

For the third year in a row the City of Cleveland - City Hall has raised the rent for all tenants, yet they can not...

Posted by Kate's Fish at the West Side Market on Saturday, December 8, 2018

“They are claiming no liability for what happened yesterday. They are lying,” Kate’s Fish wrote on Twitter.

In a separate tweet, Kate’s Fish said the wiring was installed by city of Cleveland contractors.

The seafood vendor is also disputing the city’s claims saying they have recently invested $2 million to make upgrades at the West Side Market, including work that was apparently done to the electrical system.

“They have not done anything as of yet to upgrade electrical of cases that are dangerous.,” Kate’s Fish tweeted.

The worker said he did not need medical attention.

Reporter Sia Nyorkor will have more on this developing story on 19 News at 5 p.m.

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