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ID Lineman Back to Work After 7,620 Volt Shock

June 2, 2010 2 comments

LEWISTON, IDAHO – Aside from some scarring on his fingers and a missing big toe where 7,620 volts of electricity exited his body, Tig Cornell has fully recovered and is ready to return to work.

“Everybody’s pretty much told me that I’m lucky,” he said. “Everything just happened to work out perfectly the day that it happened.” The 35-year-old Avista lineman was severely burned on Jan. 27 while his crew was repairing power lines along the 2700 block of Sixth Avenue in Clarkston. Cornell, who is from Genesee, said he has absolutely no recollection of the day of the accident or the week after it happened. “I lost seven days where I don’t remember anything,”

Story Via The Spokesman-Review

One Man Killed, One Injured in Electrical Accident in CT

MILFORD, CONNECTICUT – One man is dead and a second injured after the relatives received a shock while power-washing a home with an aluminum ladder.

Victor Larranaga-Marquez, 33, of Bridgeport was pronounced dead after the accident on Point Beach Drive Tuesday evening, police said.

His uncle, Gerardo Marquez-Hernandez, 45, also of Bridgeport, sustained serious injuries, police said. He was transported to the Bridgeport Hospital burn unit, where he was listed in fair condition Wednesday afternoon, said hospital spokesman John Cappiello.

The accident happened when the ladder hit an overhead power line, police said.

Representatives of The United Illuminating Company and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are assisting with the investigation.

Story Via Hartford Courant

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WV Student Killed, Others Injured from Electrical Shock while Boating

June 1, 2010 2 comments

ROANOKE, WEST VIRGINIA – A Bridgeport High School student is dead after a freak accident at Stonewall Jackson Lake.

Fifteen-year old Michael Cunningham drowned at the lake Saturday evening as he was attempting to climb out of the water and onto a boat.   DNR investigators say one teenager had already climbed onto the boat and when Cunningham touched the boat’s ladder he received an electrical shock causing him to fall back into the waters.   He drowned.  

A third teenager, a female, was in the water behind Cunningham and also received the shock. She was taken to a local hospital where she was treated and released.  

Authorities recovered Cunningham’s body in 34-feet of water about 9:30 Saturday night.   The cause of the mishap remains under investigation.    Conservation Officers are awaiting the autopsy to determine if it was the shock or drowning that killed the teen.   What caused the electrical shock is still not known.

Story Via WV Metro News

PA Man Killed by Electrical Power Line in Accident

SULLIVAN COUNTY, PA – A man was electrocuted in Sullivan County early Saturday morning.

Authorities said Michael Serino of West Pittston died when he came in contact with a power line while at his vacation home in Elkland Tonwnship near Forskville. Serino was trying to supply electricity to his home and fell 30 feet to the ground after he was shocked.

The Sullivan County coroner said Serino dead at the scene. Police are continuing their investigation.

Story Via WNEP.com

Electric Company Fined for Accident – Can’t “Contract Away” Responsibility

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TX Man Injured by Electrical Power Line

HENDERSON, TEXAS – An East Texas man is in a Dallas hospital after he was injured during an electrical accident Thursday in Henderson.

Keith Freeman, 53, of Rusk County was working on a power line in the 200 block of Glendale Avenue. Henderson Police are still investigating, but they say it looks like a complete accident.

“A crane that extends out over, they had a cable on it, and a ball and hook on the end,” explained Lt. Craig Sweeney, with Henderson PD. “It appears that the subject that was injured grabbed on to the cable while it was in contact with the power lines.”

Freeman is listed in critical condition.

Story Via KLTV.com

Two Ferralgas Workers Killed in Electrical Accident when Boom Touches Power Line

AUBURN, WASHINGTON – The Department of Labor and Industries said Thursday that it is investigating the deaths of two men who perished Wednesday when the boom truck they were operating apparently made contact with a live power line in south Auburn.

 The men worked for the propane distribution company Ferrellgas, located at 3611 A St. S., in Auburn. Ferrellgas corporate spokesman Scott Brockelmeyer identified the men Thursday as Mark Olson, 40 of Auburn, and Scott Pigg, 25 of University Place. Olson had worked for the company since since January 2006 and Pigg since July 2007.

“We’re devastated,” said Brockelmeyer. “It’s about as sobering a situation as you can imagine.”

According to Auburn police, Olson and Pigg were moving propane tanks for Ferrellgas at about 5:08 p.m. when their boom touched nearby power lines, igniting a fire in the truck and injuring the men operating the boom. The men, who sustained injuries consistent with electrical and fire burns, were pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Several nearby tanks were charred during the fire, but firefighters from the Valley Regional Fire Authority quickly arrived on the scene, soaking a series of large propane tanks with water. Crews blocked off A Street for several blocks north and south of the location. No one else was injured.

L&I inspectors arrived at the propane store within a few hours of the incident and began their investigation.

“We’re at the start of the investigation, so there’s not a lot of information we have at this point,” said Hector Castro, a spokesman for L&I. “It could be some time before we complete our investigation. We have up to six months.”

L&I, which investigates all work-related fatalities to determine the causes leading up to the incidents, said in a press release that these are the 35th and 36th workplace deaths in Washington state this year. Between 1998 and 2010, 22 workers came too close to power lines and were electrocuted.

A spokesman for Puget Sound Energy said the power line belonged to Burlington Northern Railroad. A BNSF spokesman declined to confirm that information or to say how much power was actually flowing through the lines at the time.

“Just say BNSF is looking into this claim further,” said BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas

Story Via Seattle PI