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Scottish Man Killed When Polytunnels Contact Overhead Wire

BLAIRGOWRIE, SCOTLAND – A fruit picker told yesterday of his fight to save his brother who had been electrocuted by an 11,000 volt overhead power line.

Lucas Faltynowski, 24, spent 45 minutes giving older brother Gerard, 26, heart massage.

Gerard was electrocuted when polytunnels he was carrying hit lines six metres above the ground.

Lucas, of Arbroath, told a fatal electrical accident inquiry at Perth Sheriff Court he heard an “electrical noise” and rushed to help.

Other workers at Mains of Rattray Farm in nearby Blairgowrie spoke of a “blue flash”.

Dundee University pathologist Dr David Sadler said Gerard’s hands and toes were blistered and the shock ripped his socks and shoes.

Scottish and Southern Energy linesman Russell Airth, 56, said he warned the farm’s workers a fortnight before the accident to carry the polytunnels horizontally.

The farm’s owner Peter Thomson and his firm Thomas Thomson Ltd were fined more than ¬£10,000 over Gerard’s death, which happened in July 2006.

Story Via Daily Record

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