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OSH Investigating North Carolina Worker Death In Electrical Accident


Posted on Sep 22, 2010

On August 28, 2010, a Mount Airy worker was trimming trees when he came into contact with a wire and was electrocuted. The man, 28-year-old Alan Daley, was working for Crump Tree Service in Pilot Mountain when he came touch the live wire at least three times and went into cardiac arrest from the electric shock. Emergency workers revived the man and rushed him to the hospital. He died ten days later from his injuries in the burn unit of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. It is unclear why he came into contact with the power lines or how the electrocution accident took place.

The accident took place on School Street at about 7:30 in the morning, according to Surry County emergency responders. He left behind a wife and three children.

The Occupational Safety and Health division of the North Carolina Department of Labor are investigating the on-the-job accident to find out why the accident took place and whether or not the tree trimming service could have prevented the fatal worker accident from taking place. The OSH officials are expected to interview witnesses, determine the equipment used by the company, their safety standards, and the training that they give to workers. In addition, the OSH will confirm that the company follows federal and state safety standards for workplace environments.

If Crump Tree Service was found to be careless or negligent, they could face fines and all violations will be made public.

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