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Workers Electrocuted When Scaffolding Touches Power Line

Aug. 7, 2014
Three men died Aug. 6 when the scaffolding they were moving came into contact with power lines.

OSHA is investigating an Aug. 6 incident in which three men were killed when the scaffolding they were moving made contact with power lines, causing them to be electrocuted.

It was around 8 a.m. – the start of the workday for many people – when Trevor James Riddick, Gary Edward Wortman and Samuel Anderson were electrocuted and died. The men were constructing a metal building at Streamline Product Systems in Kountze, Tex.

Brandi Gana, the sister of Trevor Riddick, told 12 News reporter Brittany Rainville, “They just wanted to take a shortcut today and it cost them their lives. Their boss probably told them to go around [the wires].”

For more, view the 12 News report here.

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