Louis Pettigrew Jr., 68, was hired by Lynchburg Powder Coating to provide electrical work at their plant when the work accident happened. Pettigrew was raised on a platform attached to a forklift performing work on a light when an electrical event occurred at around 10:00 a.m. local time.
Officials say that Pettigrew, a self-employed electrical contractor, was electrocuted and fell approximately 18 feet to the ground. Emergency crews attempted to rescue the injured worker, but he was pronounced dead at the scene, according to WDBJ7.
Officials are currently investigating the scene to determine what caused the electrical event and fall, reports WDBJ7. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration was notified and is conducting an investigation as well. WSET reports that there is no word on current violations at Lynchburg Powder Coating.
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