Crane Accidents

Utility Worker Electrocuted

09/15/11

Brooklyn, New York

Verizon Fined in 2012

Verizon Crane Hits Power Lines 2011A Verizon technician installing high-speed-Internet cables in Brooklyn, New York, was electrocuted on Wednesday after he accidentally touched a hidden power line.

Douglas La Lima, 37, was using a utility truck, installing the overhead cables when a Con Edison power line hidden in a tree touched the back of his neck causing him to catch fire.

Two co-workers in the truck mounted lift’s cab quickly lowered the boom to the ground and helped extinguish flames.
Fire-fighters were quickly on the scene, but La Lima, a 15 year Verizon veteran, died a short time later.

Con Edison said that electrical workers were at the scene trying to determine how La Lima came into contact with the electrical wires.

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