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Utility Worker Electrocuted In South County

| July 20, 2011, 03:05 PM | 0 Comments

UPDATE 09:40am 07/21/2011: From the Anne Arundel County Police:

On July 20, 2011, at approximately 2:45 p.m., officers from the Southern District responded to the 400 block of W. Bayfront Road in Lothian for a report of an industrial accident.  

Upon arrival, officers spoke with witness on scene, who advised that the victim, identified as Brian David Gillis, 39, of the 5000 block of Joslin Street in Virginia Beach, Virginia, climbed an electrical pole with his pole climbing gear and began working on a portion of the pole near the wires when he came into contact with the live portion of the pole. Nearby workers began rescue protocols and retrieved the victim from the pole. Fire department personnel arrived on scene and began resuscitation efforts, which were eventually discontinued. The victim was later pronounced dead at the scene and the incident is being treated as an accident.

The victim was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy to be conducted to determine the final cause and manner of death. The investigation will be continued by Maryland Occupational Safety and Health (MOSH).

UPDATE 07:25pm 07/20/2011: From WTOP producer:

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UPDATE 04:49pm 07/20/2011: From Linda Foy, spokesman for BGE, the victim was an employee of Davis Elliott, a BGE subcontractor.

UPDATE 03:22pm 07/20/2011: From ABC7Dan on our twitter feed, this is a BGE contractor:

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A utility worker has been electrocuted while working on power lines near 498 Bay Front Road in Lothian.  The Anne Arundel County Fire Department has mobilized it’s technical rescue team for a high angle rescue.

Details are preliminary at this point and we are waiting on a response from BGE to determine if it is a BGE employee, contractor, or a utility worker for another utility –cable, telephone, etc.



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