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Two NJ Men Burned in Electrical Accident When Power by PSE&G Restored

JERSEY CITY, NEW JERSEY – An electrician doing work at a Downtown Jersey City high-rise was rushed to the hospital yesterday with life-threatening second- and third-degree burns after power was restored to an electrical switch he thought was turned off, officials said.

Police were called to Pershing Plaza at 95 Christopher Columbus Drive at 12:06 a.m. and found the 47-year-old electrician lying face down on the first floor, reports said.

EMS rushed him and a 33-year-old electrician, who suffered minor burns to his left forearm, to the trauma center at Jersey City Medical Center, reports said.

But the burns to the 47-year-old were so severe, he was airlifted to the Burn Unit at St. Barnabas Hospital in Livingston at about 3 a.m., Fire Director Armando Roman said.

The 47-year-old was listed in critical condition yesterday.

Both men work for Scholes Electric & Communication in Piscataway, reports said.

The less injured victim told police that his co-worker was changing a switch after checking that power had been shut down for the work.   He said that while working on the switch, PSE&G restored power, reports said.

At that point, there was a large flash followed by an electrical fire that burned both victims, reports said.

David Hollenbeck, a spokesman for PSE&G, said that the cause of the accident is under investigation but a PSE&G crew working with the building engineer was advised that the contractors had completed their work and began to restore power.

When a PSE&G employee heard a flash he stopped restoring power immediately, Hollenbeck said.

Scholes Electric could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Police have notified the state Occupational Health and Safety Administration about the incident, reports said.

Story Via Jersey City News

  1. Dave Reiser
    May 17, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    I know the older of the two. That building engineer needs a real lesson in MOP’s. This is EXACTLY why unqulified personnel should NOT be making the call that all work is finished!!!!!!!!

  2. May 21, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    It would be interesting to determine if the Scholes Electric & Communication firm has a Lock-Out/Tagout and confirmation policy and procedure in place. I would also like to know if the two workers were trainned in proper procedures and “qualified” according to NEC.

    • ss
      September 19, 2010 at 6:32 pm

      Scholes Electric is a very professional company. They have propper Lock out / Tag out procedures. I know this because I work for Scholes and the are top notch, and deal with high risk work and have been on many high voltage shutdowns.

  3. November 11, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    Thank you. Been working as an electrician for a little while now so this is very useful.

  4. November 30, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    Whenever I imagine taking on something exactly like this on my own, I want to do crawl under a rock. LOL.

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