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Accident at Seattle Electric Substation Leaves Three Injured

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Erin King2 years ago

Three workers were injured in an incident that resulted in power loss in over 10,000 homes and establishments in Seattle, Washington on Wednesday.

Details of the Accident

According to Fox Channel 13 News, City Light of Seattle, WA reported that an accident at its East Pine electrical substation triggered a power outage that left about 10,000 of the company’s customers without power.

Officials report that the construction crew on the scene had been attempting to install a ground rod inside the substation when a part of their equipment caused an electrical trip up from an underground power line. 

Officials at Seattle Fire Department reported that a City Light employee was injured in the incident after a 20-foot fall from a ladder on the scene; the worker was taken to a nearby hospital in serious condition. 

Another man, 63, suffered 1st degree thermal burns, while a young man in his 20s was taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for his injuries. 

None of the injuries of those involved have been reported as being life-threatening.

In the Job Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):

  • 4,585 workers were killed on the job in 2013 – that averages to 88 deaths a week or more than 12 deaths per day.
  • Of those, 4,101 occurred in private industry and 828 were linked to construction accidents.
  • Among the leading causes of workplace injuries and deaths were:
    • Falls
    • Struck by object
    • Electrocutions
    • Caught-in/between


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