Two others injuredThursday, June 5, 2014
Technician dies in Edenor electrical explosion in Palermo
A 35-year-old technician was killed yesterday as a result of an explosion in the manhole he was working on in the Palermo neighbourhood, judicial officials said yesterday, confirming that two other technicians had suffered injuries.
The men had been tasked with “reapplying special paint” and cleaning the space and had begun work in the morning, when at 11.30am “an electric discharge and explosion” occurred, killing the 35-year-old man and leaving another immobile, the prosecutor handling the case, Andrés Madrea, confirmed. He denied media reports that there had been a gas leak following the incident.
The third worker also suffered injuries but was able to escape from the manhole, though neither of the survivors were gravely injured, according to the prosecutor.
The men worked for a subcontractor hired by the Edenor electricity supplier to carry out work on the five-metre deep manhole under the footpath at 3700 Charcas street, near the intersection with Aráoz street, Edenor confirmed yesterday, noting the nature of their work did not require them to “operate nor work with the electrical structure” of the manhole.
The man was experienced in the work he was carrying out, Edenor said in a press release.
“The worker, who belonged to a contracted services specialized in civil works for manholes and who had undertaken many projects of a similar nature, died in circumstances that will be determined by judicial investigation that is under way,” the private firm said.
Witnesses said they saw the man emerge from the underground space, desperately seeking help from onlookers.
“The worker was desperate, crying and yelling. People wanted to help but they couldn’t,” a witness called Brenda told the journalists on the scene.
Firefighters and Edenor technicians removed the man’s body from the manhole, allowing investigators to establish the explosion had stemmed from the switchboard inside the space where the men were working on painting and removing leaves, rubbish and water.
Herald staff with DyN