PUNA, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow)- Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a fatal industrial accident in the Puna District on Thursday morning.
Just before 9:15 a.m., police and Hawaiʻi Fire Department medics received a report of an apparent industrial accident at a job site just off Route 11 near the North Kulani Road intersection in Mountain View.
Responding officers discovered that a 56-year-old man had been inspecting the electrical system for a newly installed water tank when he apparently was electrocuted from the energized system. A 51-year-old Honokaʻa man, who was working nearby, attempted to assist the victim. He was able to de-energize the electrical system but not before sustaining minor injuries from exposure to electrical current.
The victim was taken to Hilo Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
Detectives are conducting further investigation into this incident, which is classified as an industrial accident.
Police are awaiting positive identification and notification of the next of kin before releasing the name of the victim.
Our prayers go out to the family of our fallen brother. Don't let his death be in vain. We all need to realize the potential for injury and death associated with our trade. After talking to people that are familiar with or were in the vicinity of this incident the worker broke several tennents set forth by the NFPA 70E Standard for Electical Safety in the Workplace. As an electrician be sure to get trained in the most current NFPA 70E Standard. If you feel your employer or shop needs to be educated let the union know. We are all in this together.