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VA: Electrical Fire at Medical Center – 65 Patients Moved

October 15, 2012 Leave a comment

Salem, VA: Just after noon Sunday, Salem Fire and EMS crews were called to an electrical fire at LewisGale Medical Center.  Firefighters found smoke on the fourth floor of the east wing of the building.

The hospital staff saw the fire and put it out with an extinguisher before crews arrived.  No one was injured but 65 patients were moved as a precaution.  The fire started in an electrical panel box.

According to LewisGale Regional Health System spokeswoman Joy Sutton, the electrical fire began in an empty patient room on the 4th floor of the hospital.

“Due to the quick thinking and actions of our staff, the medical center’s evacuation plan was also immediately activated, and 24 patients on the east wing of the fourth floor were moved off the floor to other patient areas in less than 10 minutes,” said Victor E. Giovanetti, President, LewisGale Regional Health System, according to Sutton’s news release.

Sutton added that 41 additional patients were moved from east-wing rooms on the 3rd, 5th, and 6th floors as a precaution, so the Fire Marshal’s Office could investigate.

The patients are being moved back to their original rooms, with the exception of those who were in occupied room on the east wing of the 4th floor.

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VA: Construction Worker Critically Injured (19,900 Volts)

September 12, 2012 Leave a comment

Henrico County, VA:  A construction worker was badly injured this morning when he came in contact with a powerful electrical line while on a job in western Henrico County.

Henrico Fire & EMS Capt. Jim Mellon said the victim, who is in his mid 20s, was in critical condition when he was taken to VCU Medical Center.

Mellon said authorities were called at 9:14 a.m. after the construction worker was moving a piece of scaffolding and came in contact with a power line while at a job site in the 1600 block of Harborough Road, a short distance south of Mills Godwin High School.

The power line was transmitting 19,900 volts of electricity, Mellon said.

More than 100 Dominion Virginia Power customers lost electricity as a result of the accident, Mellon said.

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Electrical Accident Kills 4 in Virginia

March 14, 2012 Leave a comment

Fort A.P. Hill, VA – Four volunteer Boy Scout leaders from Alaska were accidentally electrocuted yesterday afternoon as they set up camp on the first day of the  scouts’ national jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill, Va., the organization said.

The four victims, all adult men, were killed between 4:30 and 5 p.m. at their camp at the military base, Gregg Shields, a spokesman for the Boy Scouts said.

Two other scout leaders and a contract worker were injured and were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment, Mr. Shields said. Their conditions were not released by the authorities last night.

Neither Mr. Shields nor Brian Wolfe, a spokesman for Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, the electric company that provides powers for the base, offered any details of how the accident happened.

Bill Haines, the executive of the Western Alaska Council of the Boy Scouts, which covers about 80 percent of the state’s scouts, said  the men had been among eight leaders selected from a field of 20 to accompany about 80 scouts from Troop 711, in the Anchorage area.

“These are just the cream of the crop,” Mr. Haines said from his home in Eagle River, Alaska. “These people sacrifice time and energy because they care about kids. You couldn’t ask for a better group of people. It’s just a tragic loss.”

Two of the men had accompanied their sons on the trip, Mr. Haines said. One man who died had two sons at the jamboree, a quadrennial event. The other two men were lifetime scouters, he said, whose sons had been in the organization when they were younger.

Mr. Haines said that none of the names of the dead would be released until all the families were notified.

“The son of one man works here in town and I had to tell his son because his mother’s out of town,” Mr. Haines said. “That was very difficult. Any time you lose a father it’s very tough, and with scouting your family tends to be tighter to the father because you do a lot with him.”

The scouts arrived yesterday at Fort A.P. Hill, an active military base where temperatures reached about 100 degrees for the jamboree, a week of outdoor recreation including scuba diving, archery and all-terrain biking. Busloads of scouts and troop leaders scampered around from morning to evening yesterday, receiving their camp assignments, pitching tents and setting up eating areas.

The accident caused a power loss that left some areas of the camp without electricity for  30 minutes.

As counselors were brought in to speak with the campers, a spokeswoman for the Scouts, Renee Fairer, said, “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families.”

After news of the accident broke, families called the jamboree in a panic to make sure their children were unharmed, Ms. Fairer said. She said she was not aware of any parents’ withdrawing their sons from the jamboree.    President Bush was scheduled to address the scouts there tomorrow evening, Mr. Shields said.

Mr. Haines, who knew all four of the electrocuted men, said that as of last night, there were no plans to bring the Alaskan scouts home. The troop  was moved to another part of the base. The three sons of the dead men would return to Alaska, he said.

The troop left Anchorage last week and began a tour of the Washington area before going to Fort A.P. Hill, which lies about 90 minutes south of the capitol.

“It’s a good opportunity for the kids to get down to the lower 48,” Mr. Haines said.

To raise money to cover the $2,500 cost of the trip, the scouts sold popcorn, held car washes and did extra chores at their homes. The leaders each paid $1,250 out of their own pockets, Mr. Haines said.

One of the men killed had recently moved from Alaska to Ohio, and decided only last week, on a visit to attend the 50th anniversary celebration of the Western Alaska Council, to attend the jamboree when space opened up.

“He had been in scouting for 25 years,” Mr. Haines said. “This was his first jamboree.”

Gov. Mark Warner of Virginia issued a statement  saying the accident would be investigated thoroughly.

In Alaska, over the sound of his doorbell chiming as he fielded calls about the accident, Mr. Haines said the jamboree would not be the same for his troops for some years.

“Everybody knows them,” he said of the dead men. “It’s going to be a huge loss for this council. They were some of the best leaders that we had.”

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VA Teen Fatally Injury By 19,000 Volt Shock While Tree Trimming

October 16, 2010 Leave a comment

FAIRFAX CITY, VIRGINIA – A Northern Virginia teenager was fatally injured in an electrical accident as he trimmed a tree, plunging his neighborhood into sadness and dismay.

The incident occurred about 6:15 p.m. while the youth, who was 17, was using a power saw in a tree in the 4200 block of Berritt Street in Fairfax City, according to authorities and neighbors.

Current from a 19,000-volt distribution line may have passed through a tree branch to the youth’s body, said Tim Butters, an assistant Fairfax City fire chief.

As far as he knew, Butters said, there were no witnesses to the incident.

“It’s very, very sad,” said a neighbor, Mary Black. “There are a lot of sad people on the street tonight.”

Butters said that when rescue workers arrived, they found the youth about 20 feet up in a tree.

He said that the youth had been burned on his extremities and was unconscious.

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College Pro Painters Fined Following Electrical Accident

October 13, 2010 Leave a comment

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA – Citing “serious” violations of occupational safety laws, Virginia’s Department of Labor and Industry has slapped Massachusetts-based College Pro Painters with a $14,875 fine for a near-fatal electrical accident in Ashton Heights on June 16.

A painter in his mid-20’s nearly died after the ladder he was using touched 19,900 volt power lines at a home on North Highland Street. The employee was burned and knocked back nearly 9 feet by the electrical shock. He was without a pulse when paramedics arrived on the scene, but was resuscitated and eventually transported to the MedStar burn unit in DC.

At the time, College Pro Painters president Rodney Larmand told that the company was “deeply concerned” and was “investigating the circumstances” that led to the accident.

According to a citation obtained by under the Freedom of Information Act, state safety inspectors determined that the company “failed to ensure employees did not perform any work” that would cause ladders or other equipment “to be placed within 10 feet of any overhead high voltage line.”

The company also failed to work with the power company to make temporary safety arrangements before the work was performed, and “did not ensure first aid supplies were easily accessible,” according to state inspectors.

The company has the right to contest the citation, which was issued earlier this month. Larmand declined to comment on the fine, citing a scheduled meeting with state occupational safety officials on Wednesday.

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Electric Current Passes Through Tree Branch & Shocks VA Worker

April 24, 2010 Leave a comment

HENRICO COUNTY, VA – Henrico County police identified the tree-service worker who was electrocuted on Thursday as Brian Daniel Morris, 27, of Reva.

The accident occurred just before 9 a.m. in the 1500 block of Timbercrest Lane in the western part of the county.

A branch he was cutting hit a power line, and the electrical current passed through the branch and into him, police said.

Henrico police Lt. Eric Owens said the victim was employed by Williams Landscaping and Tree Service in Madison.

He was an experienced tree-cutter, but it was his first day on the job with his new employer, Owens said.

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