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Electrical Contract Worker Killed in Industrial Accident

construction worker in protective gear standing near scaffolding at a work site

According to WDBJ7, an electrical worker was fatally injured on the job after a fall at a powder coating plant in Lynchburg, Virginia, on Wednesday morning.

About the Industrial Accident

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.

On the Job Accident Statistics

The following information is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS):

  • 4,836 workers sustained fatal injuries on the job in 2015.
    • 937 of these fatalities occurred in the private construction industry – the highest total since 2008.
  • In 2015, 17 percent of decedents were contracted by and performing work for another business or government entity rather than for their direct employer at the time of the fatality.
  • Fatal falls to a lower level accounted for nearly 40 percent of fatal work injuries in the private construction industry in 2015.

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