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Electrical Accident Sends One to the Hospital

by ARLnow.com August 8, 2012 at 1:35 pm 3,425 7 Comments


(Updated at 2:15 p.m.) Police and firefighters responded to the intersection of Lee Highway and N. Monroe Street this morning for an electrical accident.

Initial reports indicate that a worker who was digging with a small front loader struck a high-voltage line. The contact sent sparks flying through the air. The worker reportedly suffered burn injuries from the sparks and was transported to a local hospital.

The accident happened in front of a Dominion power substation.

More than a half dozen Dominion workers are now on scene, assessing the situation. State occupational safety investigators were also said to be en route.

The front loader belongs to D.A. Foster, a Northern Virginia company that “specializes in relocation and new business services of underground utilities, including gas, electric, water, sewer and telecommunications.” Earlier this week county officials told ARLnow.com that work was underway along Lee Highway for the Cherrydale Utility Undergrounding project. However, Arlington County spokeswoman Laura G. Smith says the company was contracting for Dominion at the time.

  • Trillian

    Does the worker have a previous criminal conviction from 8 years ago? Any chance you can post the mugshot?

  • JimPB

    Was the Miss Utility rule followed: before digging around utility lines, have them all identified and their locations marked, then proceed with care (includes turning off electricity, gas, water)?

  • Not Me

    Frankly, I’m surprised to find there are High Voltage wires in front of Dominion Power.

    Looks like they responded faster than after the Derecho.


    • Not Me

      Forgot – Thoughts and prayers to the victim. Electricity is awesome, but dangerous.

  • CW

    Call before you dig (in front of a power substation).

  • Andy


    • WeiQiang

      +220 … 221 … whatever it takes

      [and hope the injured person recovers fully and quickly]


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