October 6, 2011
A Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) employee was killed in an on-the-job accident Wednesday after being electrocuted by a power line. NBC-Philadelphia reports the accident happened at around 10:20 in the morning at the corner of Hudson and Log Cabin Road in Lewes.
Delawareronline tells us, the 24-year-old victim was part of a DelDOT crew in the area to mow grass. The man was operating a large mowing tractor when the piece of equipment became got caught on the wire supporting a power pole he was cutting grass near. When the man hopped of the machine and began to attempt to shake the wire loose, the long string of metal touched a live power line at the top of the pole, sending a strong electrical current down the line, electrocuting the man.
Other workers in the area called 911 immediately and helped the man until paramedics arrived. They then transported the man to Beebe medical Center, but it was too late and the man was declared dead.
The state’s Secretary of Transportation, Shailen Bhatt, offered condolences to family and friends of the man in a statement following the tragedy and said the department will do what is necessary to prevent a similar accident.
The Delaware Workers’ Compensation and Wrongful Death Attorneys with Lundy Law know that accidents happen when we least expect them, but they also know the victim and their family shouldn’t suffer because of another person’s negligence. Contact them for a free online consultation to discuss your case in detail.