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AZ: Copper Thief Electrocuted

March 29, 2013 Leave a comment

Phoenix, AZ: A man was electrocuted and killed in Glendale in an apparent commercial copper theft gone wrong.

Glendale Police report a 57-year old man was found with third degree burns on 100 percent of his body at an abandoned commercial yard.

Police suspect the man was trying to steal copper out of a transformer and met his demise. His fatal efforts also knocked out power to 1,400 residential and business customers for about an hour, according to authorities.

Copper thefts are a big problem for commercial property owners, businesses and even schools and churches targeted by thieves.

Story via bizjournals.com

Electrician Gets High Voltage Shock Working at University of Arizona

December 6, 2011 Leave a comment

Tucson, AZ – An electrician suffered life threatening injuries this afternoon while working on the University of Arizona campus.

The man, in his 30s, “was performing routine maintenance in a high voltage trailer” when he was shocked, at about 1:30 p.m., Tucson Fire Capt. Jeff Langejans said.

The victim was taken to University Medical Center, where he was reportedly conscious and speaking.

The incident caused a power outage in and around campus – including street lights and UA buildings – for about 90 minutes.

Story via Arizona Daily Star

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