Archive for October, 2010

Teen in Australia Electrocuted after Climbing Power Pole

October 31, 2010 Leave a comment

MOUNT HUTTON, AUSTRALIA – While the cause of death is yet to be determined, police believe the teenager was electrocuted after his body was found at the base of a power pole early yesterday morning.

Friends attempted to resuscitate him but he couldn’t be revived.

Energy Australia spokesman Allyn Hammonet says the organisation is helping police with their investigations.

“We were on the site yesterday with police and crime scene detectives,” he said.

“We are certainly helping with the investigations.”

“It is terribly distressing that the message is wrapped in such a context but it is a clear warning that people need to stay away from electrical equipment.”

Mr Hammonet says it’s vital the community understands the dangers surrounding electrical infrastructure .

“Our people obviously had some very confronting circumstances to deal with yesterday in assisting police with their inquiries,” he said.

“The incident has again shed light on what’s a very important message and that is it is very important to stay away from electrical infrastructure.”

“It’s not a product you can see but you do need to understand that it is working.”

“The sub stations and power lines are working 24 hours a day,
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LA Truckdriver Killed in Electrical Accident When Truck Bed Strikes Power Line

October 31, 2010 Leave a comment

ST. TAMMANY PARISH, LOUISIANA – A Bogalusa dump truck drive was killed Wednesday morning while working at a construction site in Covington.

According to George Bonnett, spokesman for the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, 49-year-old Joey Robins was delivering a load of sand at the Ochsner Boulevard Exten-sion Construction site at approximately 7:30 Wednesday morning.

After he dumped his load of sand, Robinson left the bed of his truck raised as he pulled forward.  The bed struck an overhead power line and “Fourth of July Fireworks erupted.”

In his attempt to exit the truck, which had caught fire, Robinson reportedly grabbed the door handle and jumped free of the truck.  When his feet struck the ground, the current ground on the ground and a complete circuit was formed. The current travelled through Robinson’s body.

A responding deputy attempted cardiopulmonary resuscitation, but was unable to revive Robinson. Acadian Ambulance personnel transported him to St. Tammany Parish Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Robinson was driving a truck for Mingo Trucking, and the project he was working, Ochsner Boulevard Extension, will extend the boulevard all the way to Louisiana Highway 1085 (Bootlegger Road) when complete.

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2 Electricuted in Thailand Trying to Salvage Electrical Equipment from Flood

October 30, 2010 Leave a comment

AYUTTHAYA, THAILAND – Two Ayutthayans were cross-electrocuted while trying to salvage electrical kit in a riverside kitchen 60cm-deep in water. A neighbour was also electrocuted attempting to rescue the first two victims.

Ayutthaya, 29 October 2010: All Thailand’s ethnic groups are involved in the current flooding disaster, Thai and foreign, frequently united by tragedy. In the latest incident, a Dutch resident of Ayutthaya and son were electrocuted, Oct28, attempting to salvage electrical equipment from their flooded home.

Ayutthaya, world heritage site and ancient capital of Siam, has been hit severely by flooding as the Chao Phraya River continues to swell, fed by Northern runoffs and significant dam releases upstream.

“Houses have actually started to float down the river in the location of U-thong Road,” a somewhat distraught local council official told PDN. He also told PDN the tragic tale of the Dutchman whose luck ran out.

Apparently, Mr. Haros Bussoe [39], a former Dutch navigator, married to a Thai woman, increasingly concerned that the Chao Phraya would break its banks, rushed back to his riverside house to find the kitchen 60cm-deep in water. Intent on salvaging electrical equipment increasingly threatened by the rising water, Mr. Bussoe plunged into the knee-deep flood. He got an electric shock from one of the appliances and as his adopted son, Siriwit Thongsari [15], grabbed his arm, attempting a rescue him, he, too, was electrocuted.

“Mr. Bussoe died from being electrocuted in water, whilst the son was severely injured from the same cause,” Police spokesman Ayutthya Police Deputy Superintendent, Pol.Lt.Col Phicha Rujinam, told reporters.

“And then,” he continued, “Mr. Bussoe’s wife, finding her husband and son lying comatose, called for help from the neighbours. Unfortunately, neighbour Wisit Meesaeng [30] also suffered electrocution when he attempted to extract Messrs Bussoe and Thongsari from the water-filled kitchen.”

Fortunately, another neighbour had the presence of mind to cut the electricity at the main junction box and no more electrocutions occurred. The injured trio were then rescued from the waterlogged kitchen and rushed to Ayutthaya hospital for emergency treatment. Sadly, Mr. Bussoe was d.o.i – dead on arrival, but the other two are recovering.

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Poacher Electrocuted in India by Electric Fence

October 30, 2010 Leave a comment

ERODE, INDIA –  A poacher was electrocuted and another sustained burns in the Sathyamangalam forest, police said today. The two had tried to enter a private land last night to fell trees and came in contact with an ‘electric’ fence put by the owner to scare away wild animals. The land owner is absconding. Police said as per rules, the fence should be charged using batteries but the farmer had provided electricity connection to the fence which is an offence.
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2 in India Die of High Voltage Electric Shock at Home

October 30, 2010 Leave a comment

KARWAR, INDIA – Two fishermen died and two injured of electric shock due to high voltage flow in their switchboard at their residences in Karwar.

The deceased were identified as Shankar Peru Durgekar(39) and Theku Harikantara (50) both were fishermen.

According to the sources, at about 4 am Theku was getting ready to go for fishing when he heard the TV set exploding and when he tried to put off the TV switch, he suffered electric shock and died. His wife Godavari and daughter Ranjita, who tried to rescue him, suffered serious injuries and have been admitted to Karwar civil hospital.

Another deceased Shankar Peru Durgekar was the neighbourer of Theku , who was also died when he tried to switch off the board after noticing the sound in a fan. A case of negligence has been filed against Hubli Electric Supply Company (HESCOM) which supplies power to Uttar Kannada district.

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$100K Fire at Rite Aid in FL Ruled Electrical Short

October 29, 2010 Leave a comment
GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA – The cause of Thursday morning’s fire at the Rite Aid Pharmacy on South Enota Drive in Gainesville has been determined.

“The fire was from an electrical short in a condensation unit on top of a drink cooler,” said Gainesville Fire Chief Jon Canada.

Canada said the fire caused more than $100,000 worth of damage to the building. He said all of the contents inside the store will probably have to be discarded because of the smoke damage, increasing the damage estimate significantly.

Canada said the store will remain closed for several weeks, and he says Rite Aid officials will have some kind of plan in place for its pharmacy customers.

Emergency personnel responded to the fire around 11 a.m.

“Upon our arrival of our first units they reported heavy smoke coming from the building,” Canada said. “We made an interior attack on the fire. We did have a good bit of fire inside of the business.”

Crews from three fire stations remained on the scene removing debris and putting out hot spots and tracing the cause of the fire. Customers and employees were inside the building when the fire broke out but they were all able to get out without injury.

PA Company Faces OSHA Fines for Electrical Safety Violations and Worker Death

October 29, 2010 Leave a comment

HANOVER TOWNSHP,  — A Hanover Township business has been cited with a dozen safety violations after a worker was electrocuted at a work site earlier this year.

Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Richard Kaposy, who was doing business as Treeman Landscaping, 4695 Route 151, Box 74.  (for official release by OSHA on this event, click here)

Kaposy was cited with two willful, seven serious and three “other-than-serious” violations.

Frank Librich, assistant area director for OSHA in Pittsburgh, said Kaposy also does business as Country Boyz Cutting City Trees, based in Washington, Pa.

He said the company was working in Bethel Park on April 21, taking down a tree, when one of Kaposy’s employees, Eric Arnold, 30, of Langeloth, cut a tree limb that came in contact with a 13,200-volt power line. Arnold was killed when his chain saw touched the branch.  

The two willful violations issued to the company were for failing to provide workers protective equipment while cutting in and below trees and for failing to ensure an unqualified worker did not work in proximity to an energized electrical line, according to OSHA’s citations. A willful violation is committed with intention, indifference or voluntary disregard for the law and worker safety.

Librich said Kaposy was cited Oct. 19 after the investigation and faces penalties totaling $119,700. The company has 15 business days, or until Nov. 9, to ask for an informal conference or to contest the citations. Otherwise, it becomes a final order of OSHA’s review commission.  

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2 United Electric Workers Injured at Wastewater Facility in Hawaii

October 28, 2010 Leave a comment

KAUAI, HAWAII – Two workers were injured in an electrical accident today at the Lihue Wastewater Treatment Facility. 

About 11:10 a.m., the workers were installing a surge protection system when the accident occurred. Their condition is unknown at this time, according to county spokeswoman Mary Daubert in a news release. 

The men are employed by United Electric LLC, an Oahu-based company hired as a subcontractor for Harvey Brothers Construction Co. to conduct upgrades at the treatment facility.

The cause of the accident is under investigation. 

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NC Church Sustains $75K in Damages from Electrical Fire

October 27, 2010 Leave a comment

GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA – A large Wendover Avenue church sustained $75,000 in damage Wednesday morning after an electrical fire broke out in the attic.

Crews responded to Shining Light Baptist Church on 4530 W. Wendover Ave. around 8:40 a.m. Wednesday.

Guilford County fire marshal Alan Perdue said the fire seems to have started with an electrical junction box in the attic, and crews had to cut a hole in the roof in order to gain access to the attic.

There was smoke and water damage to the sanctuary, Perdue said. The neighboring Shining Light Academy was not affected by the fire.

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2 Firefighters Receive Electrical Shock Fighting Fire in IL

October 27, 2010 1 comment

LISLE, ILLINOIS Two Lisle firefighters were slightly hurt when they came into contact with an electrical source while putting out a house fire.

The fire broke out around 8 p.m. Tuesday at 4816 Yackley Ave. in Lisle, according to Lisle-Woodridge Fire Protection District firefighters.

Dispatch reports indicate the fire was at a house and people may have been trapped inside, and two firefighters came into contact with an electrical source and suffered shocks.

Paramedics examined the firefighters after the blaze was extinguished.

Lisle Mayor Joe Broda said he had not been informed of any fatalities or serious injuries to residents or firefighters.

Messages left with the Lisle-Woodridge Fire Protection District and Lisle police were not immediately returned.

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