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Worker Electrocuted On the Job

Jonathan Hernandez7 months ago

An electrical utility worker died on Thursday afternoon after injuries sustained while working on a power line.

Details about the Utility Accident

The Sioux City Journal is reporting that the utilities director from Pierce, Nebraska died on Thursday afternoon after sustaining injuries while working on a power line.

A press release issued by the Pierce County Attorney stated that 59-year-old Dave Hoogestraat was working with another individual on the replacement of a damaged utility pole in the city at around 2 p.m.

An investigation into the circumstances of the accident is ongoing, but it seems the bucket of a boom truck came into contact with a live electrical line resulting in the electrocution of Dave Hoogestraat.

The accident remains under investigation by the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department and by the Pierce Police Department.

Important Information about On-the-Job Accidents

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration indicates that there are thousands of on-the-job injuries that lead to wrongful deaths every year that can be prevented:

  • In 2014, there were a total of 4,679 worker who were killed on the job.
  • Out of those on-the-job fatalities in 2014, 20.5 percent of them were in construction-related accidents.
  • The leading causes of deaths at construction sites were: falls, electrocution, being struck by an object, or being caught in or between an object. 

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