Worker Hospitalized After Contacting Power Line at Miami Construction Site | NBC 6 South Florida

Worker Hospitalized After Contacting Power Line at Miami Construction Site

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    NBC 6's Darryl Forges has more from the scene where one man was struck with nearly 7,000 volts.

    (Published Friday, Feb. 17, 2017)

    Emergency crews responded to a construction site in Miami after reports of a worker possibly suffering from electrical shock Friday morning.

    Chopper 6 was over the scene near Northwest 54th Street and 16th Avenue as the worker was being taken to Ryder Trauma Center.

    The 54-year-old worker reportedly slipped on the site while holding an object, which came in contact with a 7,000 volt power line.

    "He was hanging on to that for about a good 10 seconds, according to co workers, before he dropped to the ground," said Miami Fire Rescue Capt. Ignatius Carroll.

    The worker is listed in stable condition and is being kept for observation. OSHA representatives will investigate the scene as work continues. Fire Rescue says things could have been much worse, and they continue to urge construction workers or anyone working around power lines to be careful.

    "Be aware of your surroundings," Carroll said. "This was a situation here where they mistook the distance for the power line and as a result we have one person going to the hospital."

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