(Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) An “epidemic” of failures by West Penn Power Co. led to a $109 million verdict for the family of an Irwin woman who died after she was electrocuted in her own yard three years ago.

The jury of eight women and four men said Thursday the award was meant to show West Penn Power must be held accountable for its actions.

“We just wanted to send a message that not applying safe practices across the board is not acceptable,” said jury member Thomas Swogger.

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