четверг, 1 марта 2012 г.

WA: Man fighting for life after electric shock

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WA: Man fighting for life after electric shock

By Karen Valenti

PERTH, Dec 12 AAP - One man is dead, another is fighting for his life and a third haslost his leg following two separate cases of electric shock and burns in Perth.

A 21-year-old man is fighting for his life after receiving burns to 50 per cent ofhis body as he tried to climb an electrified security fence overnight.

The man was injured trying to scale the perimeter fence of a Western Power substationin the Perth suburb of Edgewater about 1.30am (WST), police said.

His clothes were on fire when security officers arrived at the scene.

He was taken to Royal Perth Hospital suffering severe shock, and was listed today asbeing in a stable condition.

Meanwhile, a sub-contractor has had his leg amputated below the knee after sufferingan electric shock in the northern suburb of Marangaroo yesterday.

His 33-year-old colleague was killed in the same incident.

The injured man and his dead colleague had been installing metal power poles in a newsubdivision when a pole touched overhead powerlines causing 132,000 volts of electricityto surge.

WorkSafe is investigating the incident, but a spokeswoman said witnesses have beentoo traumatised to be interviewed.

A Royal Perth Hospital spokeswoman said the injured man is in a stable condition.

A union delegate, who was on the scene soon after the incident, said the man who diedhad suffered horrendous injuries.

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