A Bala Cynwyd tree worker was seriously injured when they were electrocuted and burned by electrical wires on the morning of April 11.
Calls first started flooding into Lower Merion Police dispatch shortly after 11 a.m. that fateful morning. When firefighters and paramedics arrived, they found that the tree worker had suffered severe burns when his body made contact with the high-voltage electrical lines. His ankles and elbows were the most seriously burned.
A police spokesperson notes that one worker had been standing within the bucket of his Boom lift as he cleared trees in preparation for new construction earlier that morning. Other workers were working nearby on the ground.
They believe that a clipped branch may have struck both a Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) power line and the lift truck at the same time. One of the members of the ground crew was apparently leaning on his work vehicle at the time. He was the one that was seriously injured.
Investigators have concluded that the current from the SEPTA wire entered the worker’s body and surged down through it, ultimately ending with his feet. It ultimately grounded once it had traveled the length of his body.
The bucket worker involved in the incident was already grounded and thus didn’t suffer any injuries.
A Narberth ambulance carried the injured worker to the Lankenau Medical Center. That hospital’s trauma unit admitted him in critical condition. Doctors quickly stabilized him. He was later transported to Jefferson Hospital.
It’s unclear what his prognosis is; however, a police spokesperson notes that he was conscious and speaking with paramedics at the scene of the incident.
A police spokesperson noted that all evidence would be preserved as is until workers with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) finished their investigation. They didn’t elaborate about how long that they expected it to take.
Many dangers come with being employed as a tree worker. Individuals are at risk for having a limb or tree fall on them, for becoming electrocuted or losing their footing and tumbling to the ground. Injuries in this line of work often prove to be severely disabling or deadly. If you’re a Dauphin worker that has suffered serious injuries, then you should consult with an attorney who can provide sound advice on your disabling condition.