Woonsocket Call

Man badly hurt after con­tact­ing power lines has died

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WOONSOCKET — A 65-year-old Paw­tucket man, re­ported to have been crit­i­cally hurt when he con­tacted power lines at a home he was work­ing on at 338 Park Place Fri­day af­ter­noon, has suc­cumbed to those in­juries.

Ac­cord­ing to Woonsocket De­tec­tive Cap­tain Michael Le­moine, the man died after be­ing trans­ported to Rhode Is­land Hospi­tal. The name of the vic­tim will not be re­leased un­til Mon­day, per pend­ing no­ti­fi­ca­tion of fam­ily mem­bers, Le­moine said. Po­lice are still in­ves­ti­gat­ing the in­ci­dent

The man had been us­ing a power lift set up near some over­head power lines in front of the dwelling, when he ap­par­ently made con­tact with the lines above.

Neigh­bors re­ported see­ing the man slumped over from the elec­tri­cal con­tact and also ap­pear­ing to be se­verely burned on his up­per shoul­der.

He was ini­tially trans­ported by res­cue to Land­mark Med­i­cal Cen­ter, and later Fri­day he was moved to Rhode Is­land Hospi­tal.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Oc­cu­pa­tional Safety and Health Ad­min­is­tra­tion (OSHA) and Na­tional Grid also re­sponded to the scene of the ac­ci­dent.

Na­tional Grid, as a pub­lic safety mea­sure, de­ployed crews to the scene to shut off power in the area, al­low­ing first re­spon­ders to do their work.

EDI­TOR’S NOTE: The head­line for a re­lated story in Satur­day’s Woonsocket Call er­ro­neously im­plied that the man had been work­ing on the power lines them­selves. This was not the case, as he was work­ing on the Park Place home when the ac­ci­dent oc­curred. The Call re­grets this er­ror.

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