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CA: California Construction Worker Dies After Accidental Electrocution

July 24, 2014 Leave a comment

Mission Viejo, CA – A construction worker was electrocuted and a second worker hospitalized after coming into contact with exposed electrical wires during a job at Mission Viejo High School.

The incident was reported around 3:15 p.m. near the football practice field located on Chrisanta Drive, said Chris Concepion with the Orange County Fire Authority.

The men, both in their 20s, were erecting a scaffold when they came into contact with the electrical wire, Concepion said.The incident was reported around 3:15 p.m. near the football practice field located on Chrisanta Drive, said Chris Concepion with the Orange County Fire Authority.

One of the men was electrocuted and died at the scene. When the second man realized what was happening he tried to perform CPR on his co-worker, Steve Concialdi with OCFA said.

But when the worker stood up he also struck the power lines, Concialdi said.

The good Samaritan received a serious electrical shock and was transported to the hospital in critical condition, Concialdi said.

His condition was later upgraded to serious.

CAL OSHA was at the scene investigating.

No further information about the victims was released.

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CA: San Fran City Hall Evacuated for Electrical Fire

November 19, 2012 Leave a comment

San Francisco, CA: A small electrical fire prompted the evacuation of San Francisco City Hall on Tuesday night, and operations are still affected this morning, a mayoral spokeswoman said.  The fire, reported around 9:30 p.m. in an electrical vault in the basement, activated the building’s sprinkler system, said Christine Falvey, spokeswoman for Mayor Ed Lee.  Those inside the building were escorted out, including hundreds of people who were attending a private reception in the rotunda, she said.  The sprinkler system and responding firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze, but there was minor water damage to the basement, Falvey said.  The city’s Elections Department, which is located in the basement, was not affected by the fire, Falvey said. The first and second floors of City Hall, which are home to various departments that offer public services, are open for business today, Falvey said.  The third and fourth floors, which mostly contain city staff offices, have intermittent power and a number of employees are working remotely this morning, Falvey said.  She said power is expected to be fully restored to City Hall later this morning.  The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Story via mercurynews.com

 

CA: 2 Women Electrocuted Saving Driver, Others Suffer Electricity Injuries

August 23, 2012 1 comment

Los Angelas, California:  A witness to the aftermath of a deadly Valley Village accident that electrocuted two women said the scene was frightening and chaotic.  Liz Casmier, who lives at the intersection of Magnolia Boulevard and Ben Avenue, said dozens of people rushed to the scene after the driver of a white SUV crashed into a fire hydrant and light standard, finally coming to rest on her front lawn.

As water spewed from the broken hydrant, it came into contact with live wires from the overturned light pole and became electrified, authorities said. Two women who had raced to help the driver were electrocuted and died at the scene. “It was horrible, chaotic, just horrible,” Casmier said.

Many people initially tried to help, she said, but as several would-be rescuers were injured, others realized the water was electrified and had to stop. One man, who appeared to be the husband or close relative of one of the victims, was on his knees, distraught, on the ground near the woman, Casmier said.“It’s so horrible and sad,” she said.Los Angeles police have identified one of the women who died as Irma Zamora, 40, of Burbank. The identity of the other woman has not been released. Information about the driver, who survived, has not been released, police said.Story via LA Times

CA: Electrical Fire destroys Pizzeria

MARIPOSA, CA:  A May 11 fire that destroyed the Pizza Factory restaurant and a handful of other businesses was sparked by an electrical problem in the restaurant’s attic, firefighters have determined.  The findings recently were released by James Dulcich, chief of the Mariposa Public Utility District Fire Department.  The investigation was conducted by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, because the utility district doesn’t have fire investigators on its staff, Dulcich said in a  statement.

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The electrical fire was reported shortly before 8:30 p.m. at the 5005 Fifth St. building, which housed the Pizza Factory, in addition to several other businesses, including Pony Expresso Coffee House & Trading Post, Tracy’s Yarns, Larry’s Coins, Grace Notes Chimes, Mariposa County Arts Council and a bookstore.  About 40 people were inside the approximately 9,000-square-foot building when the fire erupted. No one was hurt.  The Pizza Factory opened 32 years ago in Mariposa.  Built during the mid-1800s, the building was one of the oldest in Mariposa.

Story via modbee.com

Tree Trimmer Suffers Electrical Burns in CA

December 6, 2011 Leave a comment

Santa Barbara, CA – A tree-trimmer suffered severe electrical burns on Wednesday after his rope wrapped around a power line.

Santa Barbara Fire Department spokesman Ryan DiGuilio said the man had thrown the rope over a tree limb he had been preparing to work on. The rope had some metal in it and when it went around an electrical line, it carried the current back up through the man’s harness, giving him severe electrical burns.

At 1:23 p.m. firefighters and paramedics received a report of a man caught in a tree on the first block of East Valerio Street.

When firefighters arrived, they found the man 30 feet in the air, hanging upside down. The man’s harness had slipped and only held him by the ankles.

Firefighters used a 35 foot ladder and a series of ropes and harness to get the man down. DiGuilio was still conscious on the way to Cottage Hospital.

Story via The Daily Sound.com

Girl Electrocuted After Stepping On Power Line

January 5, 2011 Leave a comment

Oakhurst, CA – The Madera County Sheriff’s Department identified the 14-year-old Oakhurst girl who died on New Year’s Eve after stepping on a live power line. 

Sarah Lewis was killed after she crashed her father’s truck on Leach Road and stepped on a live downed power line. 

The CHP says she was speeding on wet pavement when she lost control and hit a power pole. 

Sarah’s friend who was along for the tragic joy-ride was not injured.

Story via KMJNow.com

CA Boy Causes Electrical Arc at Ice Rink

December 6, 2010 Leave a comment

Temecula, CA – The outdoor ice-skating rink in Old Town Temecula is safe following Sunday’s incident in which electricity arced from a nearby power supply source, the rink’s manager said this morning.

No one was reported hurt in the incident, which forced the 50-by-70-foot rink’s closure for several hours.

Meagin Ramiro, who manages the rink for Colton-based Studio 33, said a young boy on a scooter accidentally came in contact with a rod sticking about 6 inches out of the ground. At the same time, the boy touched a city electrical box, causing electricity to arc, she said.

Ramiro, who was on site, said she immediately called 911. The boy was checked out and the rink evacuated as a precaution, she said.

Ramiro said the rod, which might have been driven through live wires, had nothing to do with the rink’s operation. The rink relies on a generator for its power, she said.

She added she offered refunds or return passes to the affected skaters. The rod has since been sawed off so it is level with the ground, she said.

“(The accident) was a complete fluke,” Ramiro said.

Story via pe.com