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Electrician Killed on Job Repairing Street Light

Northampton, UK – A HEALTH and safety investigation has been launched following the death of an electrician who was killed while carrying out a routine job yesterday.

It was thought Christopher Partridge, aged 55, from Northampton, was electrocuted as he fixed a street light inside the entrance of Blisworth Park, a mobile home site in Blisworth Arm.

He fell from a ladder yesterday lunchtime and hit his head on the ground, where he was pronounced dead by police.

Police cordoned off the area while representatives from Environmental Health and the Health and Safety Executive began an investigation.

The man had been an electrician for 15 years on-and-off at the site, which houses around 80 homes.

Detective Sergeant Tony Barsby, in charge at the scene, said: “The deceased was an electrician and had been working with another man who was holding the bottom of the ladder at the time.

“He had gone up the ladder to repair a light, when for reasons unknown, the light sparked and electrocuted him. He fell down and hit his head on the kerb.

“We are treating it as non-suspicious. It was a tragic accident.”

South Northants Council confirmed that an investigation into the death is now being carried out.

A spokesman said: “We are carrying out an investigation into this tragic incident and our heartfelt thoughts go out to the family and friends of the deceased.

“The investigation involves taking witness statements, assessing what happened and making sure the site is immediately safe.

“Our priority is to make sure this does not happen again, determine if there was a breach of any health and safety laws, and implement our enforcement policy if necessary.

“As this is an ongoing investigation, it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.”

A shocked resident said the death was likely to upset neighbours who had grown close with the park’s staff.

Janet Smith, aged 48, said: “It’s awful news.

“We are a close community here, and it is a lovely quiet area.

“This is a real shock and it will be very saddening to all the neighbours here.”

Story via NorthHamptonChron.co.uk

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