On Sept. 9, the fire marshal reported that four construction workers were injured in the City of North Port in Sarasota County. The incident transpired around 1:00 p.m. and resulted in an interruption of power for about 2,800 people for approximately one hour according to a representative of Florida Power and Light.
The accident occurred while construction workers were mounting a new set of traffic lights at the intersection of Tamiami Trail and South Biscayne Drive. While the workers were in the process of pouring concrete to make a new foundation for the traffic light pole, a cable attached to a crane boom touched a live electric line. The contact electrocuted the construction workers. Among them was the crane’s operator. According to FPL, 23,000 volts were running through the power line at the time of the accident.
According to the news source, a Bayflite II medical helicopter transported one of the construction workers to Tampa General Hospital Burn Center. Two other injured workers were take to the emergency room of Sarasota Memorial Hospital in North Port. Of the two workers who were hospitalized at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, one was in stable condition and the other one was in critical condition on the day of the accident. The fourth worker was not seriously injured and was treated at the site of incident.
While many contractors work hard to make sure their job sites are as safe as possible, there are instances where employees are injured in construction accidents. Injured workers have the right to file for workers’ compensation benefits to cover losses stemming from workplace injuries.
Source: Herald-Tribune, “4 injured in North Port power line accident“, September 09, 2014