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ID Lineman Back to Work After 7,620 Volt Shock

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

  1. July 29, 2010 at 3:18 am

    a miracle, normally with a voltage of 7000 volts will be beyond help

  2. October 13, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    I have been in the trades for many years and I’ve seen my share of electricity related deaths, both on job sites and in the news. So many of these accidents are purely the result of mistakes, or a sheer disregard for safety. I make it a point to use the right safety equipment for any situation, despite the discomfort and inconvenience. I’d rather spend a few extra minutes to be safe, instead of spending the last minutes of my life cutting corners. I’ve seen the result of people not giving electricity the respect it deserves and I have learned from the mistakes of others. Be safe, compadres!

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