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Nearly four months later, Janine Hermanson still searches for answers regarding the circumstances surrounding the death of her husband Adam Hermanson who was electrocuted and died in his shower. This happened at Triple Canopy’s Camp Olympia in the Green Zone in Baghdad, Iraq on September 1, 2009.
(For some reason I am having problems with this video viewing properly in FireFox. Internet Explorer seems to be viewing it OK. If you are just seeing a big black box click HERE to go the NBC site to watch the video there. I will get it fixed ASAP….I hope.) Read the remainder of this entry »
Widow Raising New Questions About Electrocutions in Iraq
Husband Died While Showering in Baghdad
Carol Han – November 25, 2009
WASHINGTON — It appears as if 18 deaths, a congressional probe and new military marching orders were not enough to end a rash of electrocutions in Iraq.
Now, a Pennsylvania woman is demanding accountability after her husband, an Air Force veteran and military contractor, died in a Baghdad shower Sept. 1. Adam Hermanson’s death comes less than two years after a Pittsburgh soldier, Staff Sgt. Ryan Maseth, was electrocuted while taking a shower in Iraq.
Janine Hermanson, of Muncy, Pa., says that for the past two months, she has been getting the runaround from military investigators and Triple Canopy, the Defense Department contractor that hired her husband.
“It’s so frustrating,” Janine Hermanson said. “All I want to know is what happened to him and why it happened to him but no one can tell me. No one seems to care to tell me.”
Janine Hermanson’s search for answers started not long after she received a phone call from the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. Hermanson says the woman on the phone told her there was no foul play involved.
It’s the same point repeated in a letter she received from the U.S Embassy in Iraq dated Sept. 1. In it, Jennifer Tierney, chief of American Citizen Services, writes: “There is no indication of any foul play or unusual circumstances.”
Read the entire letter HERE.
“I didn’t understand,” Janine Hermanson said. “He didn’t have any medical problems. No health problems.” Read the remainder of this entry »
Adam V. Hermanson, 25, died needlessly on September 1, 2009 when he was electrocuted in his shower at Camp Olympia in the International (Green) Zone in Baghdad, Iraq while working for security contractor Triple Canopy. It has been 2 1/2 months since Adam died and his family is no closer to finding who’s responsible for his death than they were on September 1st.
“I’m tired of people not talking to me. I have every right to know what happened to my husband.” demands Janine Hermanson, Adam Hermanson’s widow.
Right after Adam’s death there was a huge amount of confusion over whether he was working on a DoD or DoS contract and who was responsible for Camp Olympia. Both the DoD and DoS said “Not us!” It would have appeared at the time that Adams death was going to be labeled a “tragic accident” and was not going to be investigated. Being electrocuted in a shower is not an accident. It is the result of negligence and total disregard for the safety of the occupants of the building.
Task force re-inspecting U.S. facilities in Iraq for faulty wiring
By Lisa Novak, Stars and Stripes
Mideast edition, Sunday, November 1, 2009
An Army task force re-inspecting thousands of potentially unsafe U.S. facilities in Iraq for faulty electrical wiring says a contractor previously ordered to conduct inspections of its own work placed 5,600 facilities on a “deferred” list — meaning they were low priority or there were no plans to inspect them.
Officials with the Defense Department’s 135-member Task Force SAFE said many of the buildings on KBR’s deferred list were still being used by soldiers. As a result, the task force moved these facilities to the top of its inspection list, according to a Sept. 8 internal memo. Read the remainder of this entry »
Updated October 30, 2009: Click HERE to read the full letter from Under Secretary of Defense Ashon B. Carter sent in response to Rep Carol Shea-Porter’s letter dated September 17, 2009 with regards to Adam Hermanson’s death. (click HERE for Rep Carol Shea-Porters letter)
Pentagon Investigating Iraq Electrocution Death
By Jeremy Scahill
October 28, 2009
The Department of Defense has confirmed that the US Army Criminal Investigation Command has launched a formal investigation into the electrocution death of 25-year-old Adam Hermanson, a US Air Force veteran-turned private security contractor who died in a shower at the compound of his employer, Triple Canopy, at Camp Olympia inside Baghdad’s Green Zone on September 1, 2009. The State Department’s Regional Security Office is also investigating.
The DoD appears to be placing responsibility for the deadly incident squarely on Triple Canopy. “As part of the terms and conditions of the JCC-I/A contract, Triple Canopy is solely responsible for providing billeting, showers, latrines and other life support activities to its employees at Camp Olympia,” according to Under Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter. Hermanson is the nineteenth US soldier or contractor to die from electrocution in Iraq since 2003.
Carter said that the US military’s Task Force SAFE “initiated a formal shock investigation” of the incident the day after Hermanson’s death and issued a report a week later, on September 7. “TF SAFE’s preliminary investigation results found grounding and bonding deficiencies,” Carter wrote in a letter dated October 19 to Reps. Jan Schakowsky and Carol Shea-Porter, a copy of which was provided to The Nation. “The overall assessment of the electrical system revealed that major repairs were required to bring the systems to a safe standard. The TF SAFE investigation will remain open until the facility repairs are completed and re-inspected.” Carter added that the Joint Contracting Command-Iraq/Afghanistan “issued a cure notice to Triple Canopy” on September 4 informing the company that its electrical wiring was “inadequate.” Triple Canopy, he said, had responded and that its facility is currently under review. Read the remainder of this entry »