Construction worker electrocuted at Spokane church - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Construction worker electrocuted at Spokane church

SPOKANE, Wash. - On Saturday at around 8:40 a.m. a Spokane Fire Department Paramedic Engine Company was dispatched to a reported electrocution at Hwy. 195 and Meadowlane Rd. in southwest Spokane. Fire crews arrived within nine minutes and found an adult male construction worker that had been working in an elevated boom device during the construction of the St. John Lutheran Church. During the manipulation of the boom, an overhead electrical line carrying 6700 volts of electricity made contact with the victim's head which caused critical injuries.

Another occupant of the boom was able to lower the device where Paramedics could provide life-saving treatment to the injured worker. The patient was treated and transported to Sacred Heart Medical Center and has subsequently been transferred to Harborview Hospital in Seattle where his condition is unknown.

No other workers or firefighters were injured as a result of the incident.

Fire officials say power has been temporarily disconnected to the site until Monday when it can be thoroughly inspected by electricians. The cause of the incident is expected to be investigated by Washington Labor and Industries.

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