Posts Tagged ‘Kentucky’

KY Man Injured Trying to Steal Copper from Electric Substation

November 1, 2010 1 comment

KENTUCKY – Some Jackson Energy customers say the power going out isn’t out of the ordinary.

“No, we got electric problems here pretty often. It goes off all the time,” said Kenneth Smith.

Smith says he had to make due for several hours, delaying sleep, until around midnight.

“I got a sleep machine I have to use to sleep with and I had to stay up till the electric got back on and that was about 11:30 last night,” said Smith.

When Jackson Energy technicians arrived at a substation to fix the problem, they found a man on the ground nearby.

That man, 28-year-old Donald Shuler, was allegedly trying to steal copper wire from the substation when he was electrocuted.

“It’s extremely dangerous unless you’re with a trained individual. So we caution everybody, do not do that. And certainly don’t mess with the equipment that’s in a substation because if you do you’re risking serious injury or even death,” said East Kentucky Power spokesperson Nick Comer.

Police say Shuler suffered burns over thirty percent of his body and has a broken arm. Investigators say his injuries are not life-threatening at last check, he is in critical condition at UK Hospital.

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KY Man Steps on Power Line, Fatally Electrocuted

October 18, 2010 Leave a comment

TODD COUNTY, KENTUCKY – A single vehicle crash in Todd County claimed the life of an Elkton man as he stepped out of his vehicle and into downed power lines.

The Kentucky State Police report that 38 year old Thomas J. Tucker, of Elkton, was traveling south on KY 171, when he traveled off of the right shoulder of the roadway. Mr. Tucker over-corrected when he attempted to get back on the roadway, causing his vehicle to overturn. The vehicle slid on the roadway and then traveled down an earth embankment until it struck a utility pole, causing the vehicle to come to final rest. When Mr. Tucker’s vehicle struck the utility pole, it caused the pole to snap and the utility lines to come down. Mr. Tucker stepped out of his vehicle and walked into one of the power lines, which electrocuted him. Mr. Tucker was pronounced dead at the scene by the Todd County Coroner.

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KY Man Electrocuted While Removing Live Wiring from Utility Pole

October 18, 2010 Leave a comment

SOUTH WILLIAMSON, KENTUCKY – A Hatfield man was electrocuted Sunday while trying to remove live wiring from a utility pole, state police said.

Trooper Shaun Little said it was unclear why Chad L. Morris, 22, was trying to remove the wiring from the property of the White Star Mining company in the South Williamson community in Pike County.

Little said Morris did not appear to have been employed by White Star.

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Electric Company Fined for Accident – Can’t “Contract Away” Responsibility

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3M Worker in Kentucky Dies from Electrical Accident

Kentucky Man Killed in Electrical Accident using Electrical Cord

LINCOLN COUNTY, KENTUCKY – A Lincoln County man died Friday after he was electrocuted by an extension cord.

Michael Shearer, 40, of Ky. 1247, south of Stanford, was pronounced dead Friday night at Fort Logan Hospital, said Farris Marcum, Lincoln County coroner. The electrical accident happened about 8:30 p.m.

Marcum said Shearer had a fifth-wheel camper in his yard. The camper had an electrical problem and Shearer had plugged an electric cord to the camper.

“He had drop cord plugged in to the camper. He was on the ground checking it. He came into contact with the cord and the ground fault plug on the cord was broke off so it didn’t ground. When he reached up to touch a support bar of the camper, it shocked him,” Marcum said.

His wife went to check on him and found him by the camper, Marcum said.

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