Friday, January 7, 2011

Idaho Power contractor burned by power line

Man reported in critical condition

Express Staff Writer

A worker for Western Line Builders, an Idaho Power contractor, came into contact with a 20,000-volt power line Tuesday afternoon while working one mile west of Carey. The man is in critical condition at the University of Utah Health Care Burn Center, according to Idaho Power spokeswoman Stephanie McCurdy.

Neither Idaho Power nor Wood River Fire & Rescue is releasing the man's name.

Jeff Nevins, Wood River Fire & Rescue assistant chief, said the call for the incident came in at 2:57 p.m. Wood River responded but the Carey Quick Response Unit was first to arrive on scene, finding the man unconscious and burned. Nevins said the Carey unit called in a Life Flight helicopter to be met at Friedman Memorial Airport. He said the Carey ambulance drove toward the airport and treated the burns, meeting Wood River Fire & Rescue along the way. At this point, the man was transferred to Wood River's ambulance, which took him the rest of the way to the airport.


Nevins said the man was conscious when transferred to Wood River Fire & Rescue but not very cognizant.

Nevins has been working with Wood River Fire & Rescue since 1989, and said the last time an electrical incident of this severity occurred was about 10 years ago when someone opened an electrical box.

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