Arcata, Northern California
A man aged 64 was electrocuted in Arcata, Northern California, yesterday, when he took the platform he was working from too close to a set of overhead power lines.
The emergency services were called to the scene at a lumber mill owned and operated by Sierra Pacific Industries and reported that the man appeared to be unconscious in the platform at a height of around seven meters. The platform was not in contact with the power lines, but was only inches away. Firefighters believe that part of his body touched the cables causing the shock.
The firemen managed to use the machine’s emergency lowering valves to bring the platform down, once they were able to reach the man they quickly determined that he was already dead. The man was a contractor testing and repairing equipment at the mill.
The incident is under investigation by Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Sierra Pacific Industries