Monday, August 11, 2014

Electricians Suffer Burns in Two Jobsite Incidents

Electrician Suffers Burns in New Jersey Manhole

A 53-year-old electrical contractor suffered burns while working in a manhole near Morlot Avenue and Banta Place Wednesday morning.

The incident was reported around 8:30 a.m., after the North Plainfield man hit an electrical source while using a drill in a hole in the street, Fair Lawn police said.

The man had multiple electrical burns on his left forearm and hand and was taken to The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, New Jersey.

The electrician, who suffered burns and other injuries, was working for PSE&G on a project to boost reliability in the area by replacing underground cables.

The cause of the accident is under investigation, said a PSE&G spokesperson.

Electrician Suffers Burns To 80% of Body in Pennsylvania Fire

Firefighters say an electrician suffered burns to 80 percent of his body after an electrical explosion sparked a fire inside of a Bucks County business.

The fire was sparked inside of a carpet factory in Bensalem, Pennsylvania just before 5 p.m.

Investigators say the man was working on an electrical panel box inside of the business when the explosion occurred.

Firefighters say the electrician was engulfed in flames when he ran towards the front of the building where rolls of carpet caught on fire.

The man was flown to Temple Burn Center and is considered to be in extremely critical condition.

An employee who tried to help the victim suffered 2nd and 3rd degree burns to his hands and arms.

Every New York Construction Workers' Worst Nightmare

-- being trapped on scaffolding high above the streets of Manhattan and unable to get to safety.

That exact scenario played out this afternoon when two workers got stuck on scaffolding about 20 stories above a lower Manhattan street near City Hall.

The Fire Department was called around 1:10 p.m. Monday to a high-rise that houses federal offices on Broadway and Reade Street.

The workers were on scaffolding at about the 21st floor.

According to authorities who were at the scene, the workers were trapped near the 21st floor and unable to get off the equipment and into the building to safety.

An equipment failure had occurred and FDNY personnel were able to get them inside the building without further incident.

Numerous fire trucks arrived on the scene and the Department of Homeland Security police officers cordoned off the block with police tape.

The workers, who suffered relatively minor injuries, were treated at the scene.

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