FORT MEYERS, FL – A man working on the roof of Global Wholesale Motor Company in Fort Meyers was shocked by a power line reports nbc-2.com. The roof worker was taken to the hospital for treatment of his injuries.
Emergency responders at the scene had to use a fire truck to climb to the roof. The injured man was then placed on a stretcher and brought down the fire truck ladder to the top of the truck. He was then lowered onto a gurney which brought him down to the ambulance.
A woman who was in Global Motor Company said she saw emergency responders and police closing in on the area to perform the rescue operation. Witnesses say that they saw the injured worker’s hands and head moving.
Business in the area of US 41 and Hoople Street lost power following the accident. As a safety precaution, FPL cut the power to 900 customers. Power was restored after about an hour.
Investigators have not released a statement explaining the cause of the accident and the name of the victim and his condition have not yet been released.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 21% of work-related fatalities are in the construction industry. An average of 631 deaths a year are the result of the “Fatal Four,” which is the construction industries’ four most common causes of accidental death of construction workers.
The “Fatal Four” includes falls, being struck by an object, caught in-betweens, and electrocutions. Electrocutions cause around 83 construction worker deaths a year. The category of electrical wiring and equipment standards is one of the ten most frequent areas in which OSHA’s standards are violated.