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1 Dies and 2 Workers are Injured in an Electrical Incident in Sherman, Texas

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017
English: L6 D Electricity transmission tower, ...

English: L6 D Electricity transmission tower, near Aust, England, UK. Deutsch: L6 D Elektrizitäts-Freileitungsmast in der Nähe der englischen Stadt Aust Français : Pylône électrique de modèle L6 D près de Aust, en Angleterre. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tragedy occurred in Sherman, Texas, on May 3, 2017, as workers at a Sherman apartment complex were lifting a flag pole. The flag pole fell onto a power line at about 9:30 a.m. Three workers were hit with a jolt of electricity. Kiley Russell was transported to Wilson N Jones Hospital, and he died from his injuries. Jackson Wells and Devin Schares are the other two workers, and they were transported to a hospital burn unit in Plano. They were both last reported to be in critical condition.

According to officials, wind caught the flag pole as the three men were trying to lift it from the ground; and that’s why it fell and hit the power line.

Power lines pose a threat to workers in a wide range of circumstances. In this tragic electrical accident in Sherman, it’s possible that a potential problem with the power line had not been given serious consideration. It was an unexpected turn of events that led to tragedy. Special care always needs to be taken, however, when the possibility of contact with electricity exists.

The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provides numerous guidelines related to electrical hazards. Workers in construction are especially at risk for dangerous exposure to electricity. OSHA’s basic electrical safety guidelines include the following:

  • Assume that all overhead wires are energized with electricity at lethal voltages.
  • Never touch a fallen overhead power line.
  • If an overhead wire falls across your automobile while you’re driving, stay inside the vehicle and continue to drive away from the power line or wire. If your engine stalls, do not touch your vehicle or the wire. Call the local electric company or ask someone else to do it.

–Guest Contributor

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