Norwalk, CT: An electrician was severely burned Wednesday morning when an electric arc flash off a switch he was installing in a commerical building in West Norwalk. The man appeared to have second-degree burns over 40 percent of his body, said Deputy Fire Chief Ed Prescott, who responded to the call at 770 Connecticut Ave.
The arc flash filled the building with smoke, which activated the building’s fire alarm system at 8:40 a.m. Fire companies were en route to the location responding to the automatic alarm when they were informed there was a victim with electrical burns. Prescott said the electrician was walking around when he arrived, but had blistering burn wounds on his face, chest and arms. He was transported by ambulance to Bridgeport Hospital’s burn unit.
Prescott said the man, who appeared to be in his 60s, worked for a New York electrical contractor. He did not have the man’s name or the name of his employer. He said the man was installing a main switch in an electrical panel when the arc flash occurred. Two fuses on a utility pole outside the building blew because of the arc flash. Linemen from Connecticut Light and Power disconnected electric service to the building.
The main tenant in the building is a Crunch Fitness athletic facility. A Children’s Corner Learning Center and an A-1 Carpet and Floors store are in the process of moving into the building. City tax assessment records show the building is owned by Alyssa Holdings LLC of the Bronx, NY. The company purchased the building in January 2008 for $6.93 million.
Although the city shows the company is in the Bronx, the company’s phone number is listed to the 770 Connecticut Ave. address. No one answered a call to that number Wednesday afternoon.
The building and fire inspectors investigating the incident could not be reached for comment.
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Bemidji, MN: On May 17th at 11:00 AM, Bemidji Police Officers, along with Bemidji Fire and Bemidji Ambulance personnel, responded to a medical emergency at Acme Tools, located in the 2000 block of 30th St NW in Bemidji. A 49 year old Bemidji man was operating a boom lift when he came in contact with a power line and was electrocuted. Delwin Grage JR was transported to Sanford Medical Center in Bemidji where he was pronounced dead.
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MIDDLETOWN SPRINGS, Vt. — State police say a utility worker has been killed on the job in Middletown Springs.
They say 53-year-old Russell Callahan was installing high speed internet service Wednesday afternoon when part of the bucket truck he was operating hit a power line. Authorities say he was electrocuted and then fell backward and hit his head.
Callahan, of North Palm Beach, Fla., was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Authorities say because of the electrocution and head injury, it’s unclear exactly how he died. An autopsy will be performed.
State police say he worked for Adirondack Utility Construction, which was being subcontracted by VTEL.
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Mayo, FL — A Suwannee County man was seriously injured after making contact with a primary electrical line on Monday, Suwannee Valley Electric Cooperative Community Relations Manager Tom Tuckey confirmed.
According to Tuckey, 51-year-old Roger Alford was changing a transformer in the Mayo area when the accident occurred and was immediately rushed to Shands UF, where he remains.
“He came in contact with energized equipment while changing the transformer,” Tuckey explained.
As a result, Alford suffered burns, but is expected to make a full recovery and was even able to eat on his own Tuesday evening, Tuckey stated.
“We are just thankful that it is no worse than it is and we are keeping him and his family in our prayers,” Tuckey added.
Alford’s sister, Elizabeth Starling, is relieved that her brother is improving. According to Starling, Alford did talk a little Tuesday evening and will possibly undergo a skin graph on Friday.
“We’re so thankful that he is improving and words cannot express our gratitude for the prayers of everyone,” Starling said. “We just ask everyone to continue praying for his recovery.”
Tuckey emphasized that although it is uncertain what the length of Alford’s recovery might be, a full recovery is expected.
“We’ve had an excellent track record in safety, but this was a very unfortunate incident,” Tuckey said.
Alford, who has been employed with SVEC since 1989, was listed in fair condition at Shands UF Wednesday morning.
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BALI, Indonesia - police are considering bringing charges of criminal negligence following the death by electrocution of central coast teenager Jake Flannery – but they don’t know who exactly to blame.
As the parents of the popular young man were due to arrive at the holiday island late tonight for the sad task of bringing their son’s body home, police are investigating whether the owners of the Joker’s Cafe, the government electricity provider or the local Public Works Office is responsible.
Mr Flannery, 18, died instantly at about 3am on Saturday morning after he stumbled and grabbed onto a neon sign owned by the Kuta establishment as he tried to squeeze around a large pile of pavers that had been left on the street.
It had been raining heavily before the accident, which occurred when Mr Flannery was walking down the street with a group of friends who had travelled with him to Bali to celebrate schoolies.
While Colin Flannery, the teenager’s father, has said the family blames no one, a Kuta Police senior detective, Inspector Muhammad Wahyudin Latif, told the Jakarta Globe: “There are very strong indications of criminal negligence in this case, but we haven’t set our sights on any one party yet.”
Inspector Muhammad was speaking after police staged a re-enactment of the accident, requiring Mr Flannery’s friends to return to the scene to participate in the Indonesian police tradition.
A spokesman for Bali’s electricity company, Agung Mastika, said: “It’s not our responsibility. Our responsibility ends at the meter. It is the responsibility of the client. It [the accident] didn’t happen on the street, we sent someone to check [on Saturday] and we notified the cafe owner.”
The manager of Joker’s Cafe, which also sells alcohol, told media that tourists were to blame for the accident. Inebriated foreigners often bumped into the sign, and probably damaged the wiring, he said.
The Badung Works Office, which left the pile of pavers in the street, was unwilling to comment yesterday.
As the blame game gathered pace, the parents of Mr Flannery have shown great composure and grace as they dealt with the unexpected death of a much-loved son.
The parents, Colin and Cheryl, and Mr Flannery’s sisters are going to Bali “to make peace”, rather than find a culprit. Colin Flannery told Channel Ten the family accepted it was an unfortunate accident.
“Jake was a wonderful boy who gave so much love to everyone. He had a wonderful life ahead of him and it’s such a tragedy that it’s been cut short,” the family said in a statement released yesterday.
“We have wonderful memories of him. The reason we are going to Bali today is to bring Jake home and to thank the people who helped him over there. We also want to make peace.”
A spokesman for Bali’s main hospital, Sanglah, said it was “rare” to treat victims of electrocution. Months would go by without any victims presenting at the hospital, said Dr Dudut, who goes by one name.
Even so, Indonesia is a developing country and there was no shortage of commentary in response to Mr Flannery’s death bemoaning the dire state of electrical work in Bali and elsewhere across the archipelago.
A Bali-based Australian and blogger, Vyt Karazija, wrote he was not surprised by the tragedy.
“The quality of electrical work is abysmal,” he posted.
“I ride past villas under construction and see bare electrical cable being laid in concrete slabs without the use of conduits, cabling with savage kinks being pulled tight in walls and roofs, and metal boxes with fragile wiring poking through roughly drilled holes without the protection of tape, much less a grommet. I see rat’s nests of wiring on poles and main boards of shops and houses.”
A post on the Jakarta Globe’s website observed: “Impassable sidewalks and shoddy electrical installations are par for the course throughout Indonesia.”
Another remarked on Bali’s cluttered streets: “You cannot walk 15 feet [five metres] in Bali without going around something on, near or built on any footpath.”
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The two have been identified as Sadasiba Naik (45) and Binod Mohanta (40). The incident was took place around 7 pm on Thursday at separate locations, about 40 km from here. While Sadasiba Naik, a line man, died at Ukhunda village in Baria, while working on a 11-KV line, Binod Mohanta, a relative a line man at Chauthia in Champua was electrocuted while repairing a similar 11-KV line.
Sadasiba was working on the line, when the shock hurtled him off the pole, sending him rolling to the ground. Binod was, however, found hanging from the pole after being electrocuted.
The incidents have angered the villagers of Chauthia and nearby areas who on Friday staged a protest and gheraoed the executive engineer of Nesco and other officers of the department, demanding compensation for the families. They villagers did not allow the police to take down Binod’s body from the pole.
Sources said that after electricity supply from Rimuli substation was disrupted, these two men were sent to carry out some repair work, when a sudden surge of electricity killed them.
Police arrived on the spot on Thursday night, but the villagers refused to hand over the bodies. They demanded compensation of about `5 lakh for Binod’s family, who were residents of Chauthia. Binod was not an employee of the department. Hiring him to do the repair work should not have been allowed, claimed the villagers.
“They were repairing the line after the supply was shit down. The line, on which they were working, suddenly got charged when a wire from another feeder line fell on it,” Nesco superintendent engineer Nirmal Das said. “The actual cause can be ascertained only after an investigation,” he said, adding, “Action will be taken against the lineman who allowed the villagers to repair the line,” SE added.
Sources alleged that the deaths were caused due to the negligence of department.
Incidentally, about six persons, including two children, have died due to electrocution within a span of a few years. Meanwhile, people of the area say power cuts and failures have risen in the area. They are demanding separate electrical sections by installing a sub-station at Ukhunda to cater to the electrical need of that area. At present, the area is under Rimuli electrical section.
A potentially deadly gas leak at a home on Glen Park Ave. is traced back to a series of break-and-enters in 13 Division. The thieves’ target? Copper pipes.
Brass and copper plumbing supplies valued at $600,000 are stolen from a business near Dixon Rd. and Highway 27. Eavestroughs made of copper are no sooner installed than they are swiped from homes.
The metal is by no means easy to steal, but that isn’t stopping thieves who recognize its rising value. With copper closing at a record US$4.63/lb. Monday, Toronto Police are on alert that there could be an increase in daring — and dangerous — robberies.
“People are stealing copper for the value of it. It is a concern,” said Toronto Police Const. Tony Vella. “We’ve had a few occurrences — one that could have been deadly.”
Toronto Police recently issued a warning after a “disproportionate number” of break-ins in Glen Park in northwest Toronto. After the copper pipes were cut in a vacant luxury home, Enbridge measured gas levels of more than 40 per cent inside. They caught the leak before it caused an explosion.
Thieves are so brazen that they will even steal copper from live transformer stations. Hydro One loses about $1 million a year from stolen copper, said Gregory Taylor, head of copper theft prevention.
In Feb. 2009, a 38-year-old Windsor man was electrocuted to death trying to steal copper from a Hydro One station.
The Bermondsey transformer station in Scarborough has been stripped of copper three times in the past five years — costing Hydro One $24,000 each time, Taylor said.
When thieves disrupt the copper grounding wires at transformer stations, they not only put their own lives in danger but also those of Hydro One workers who might not realize the station has been tampered with, Taylor added.
“It’s the public safety aspect of this that really concerns us,” Taylor said.
Since Taylor was assigned to copper theft in 2008, Hydro One has identified 45 transformer stations most targeted for break-ins, beefed up patrols and installed barbed-wire fences.
Meanwhile, contractors who work with copper said theft of the pricey metal is an ongoing problem.
Scraps of copper were stolen from the construction site at Old City Hall during the five-year restoration project, said Cameron Forbes, vice president of the contracting firm Heather & Little Limited.
Contractors are sometimes hired specifically to replace stolen copper, said Tom Shreeve, a manager at the Toronto-based Semple Gooder Roofing Corporation.
“We’ve undertaken repairs to replace copper that’s gone missing on a number of different types of buildings,” Shreeve said.
Triple M Metal in Scarborough, for one, pays up to $3.92/lb. for copper scraps. Scrapyards that buy and sell copper can also fall victim to thieves, said Len Shaw, executive director of the Canadian Association of Recycling Industries (CARI).
“You’ve got piles of it sitting in your yard. Literally, somebody could jump over the fence, throw it into his pickup truck, drive it into the scrap yard the next day and sell it back to the guy and he wouldn’t know,” Shaw said. “We’re very concerned about this.”
CARI helped develop a website where the North American scrap recycling industry can post reports of stolen materials. But Shaw admits there are challenges to tracking stolen copper.
“One piece of copper tubing is the same as another piece of copper tubing,” he said. “There is no way, unless it’s specifically marked, to determine where that piece of material came from. … Quite often material is stolen and then it’s deformed into pieces, squashed and things like that, so it doesn’t even look like what it was to begin with.”
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Flower Mound, Texas – A utility worker was fatally electrocuted Monday while working in Double Oak. [ Bloggers note: "fatally electrocuted" is redundant and the work "electrocuted" is often misused by the media. If a person has been electrocuted, they have been killed by electrical shock.]
Police said that Jacob Lee Willis, 32, of Waxahachie, TX was working with Southern Electric Corporation on a power pole replacement crew in the 100 blk. of Meadow Knoll Rd. when an energized power cable touched the metal boom of the lift he was standing beside.
Upon arrival, Double Oak Police Officer Michael Huffman went to the backyard and observed Willis on the ground receiving CPR.
The Argyle Fire Department responded, provided medical treatment and transported Willis to Presbyterian Hospital in Flower Mound where he was pronounced dead.
An investigation into the official cause of death by the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office is ongoing.
GRANTSBURG, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin utility faces nearly $200,000 in fines after a worker was electrocuted trying to restore power after a summer storm.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited North Central Power Co. Inc. of Grantsburg for safety violations.
OSHA says North Central Power failed to make sure employees were protected by wearing insulated gloves and sleeves, de-energizing power lines, and installing protective grounds on lines and equipment.
The company also was cited for allowing employees to operate chain saws without leg and foot protection.
Lineman Glenn Charles Parker of Radisson came in contact with a live wire and was electrocuted Aug. 8 near Winter.
The company has 15 business days to contest the findings. North Central Power vice president Dave Dahlberg says the company had no comment.
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Denton County, TX – A Waxahachie utility worker was electrocuted Monday afternoon while working to replace a power pole in a Double Oak neighborhood in Denton County.
Jacob Lee Willis, 32, was working on a power pole replacement crew with the Southern Electric Corp. at about 12:12 p.m. in the 100 block of Meadow Knoll Road when an energized power cable touched a hydraulic lift he was working and struck him with a large amount of electricity, according to a Double Oak Police Department news release.
He was given CPR at the scene, the release stated.
Willis was taken to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Flower Mound, where he later died, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office.
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