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Old 01-09-2010, 11:02 AM
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BRANFORD — Three roofers were seriously injured Thursday afternoon when they suffered high-voltage electrical shocks after a mechanically assisted ladder came into contact with high-tension electrical wires, authorities said.

Two of the men went into cardiac arrest and had to be revived by firefighters, and the third suffered serious burns, said Fire Chief John J. Ahern and police Lt. Geoffrey Morgan.

The workers were using the ladder to bring shingles to the roof of a commercial building at 246 Meadow St.

Two of the workers were taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital and one to the Hospital of Saint Raphael, Ahern said.

Morgan said the third man’s burns were so severe that he might be transferred to the burn unit at Bridgeport Hospital. Neither Morgan nor Ahern knew if that had happened.

Ahern said a van parked at the scene had the name All Aspects of Carpentry of North Branford printed on its side. Company representatives could not immediately be reached for comment this evening.

Read more in tomorrow's Register and here at nhregister.com.

http://www.nhregister.com/articles/2...c896522599.txt

http://www.nhregister.com/articles/2...8521488219.txt

Rory is my son's best friend, I have known him for many years. A great kid. He is in pretty bad shape, upgraded to stable but still in ICU. This hit very close to home, my son was supposed to be working with them but had to work his other job that day. I am not a very religious person but I am praying for them.
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I am praying for them.
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So sad, but darn it, predictable with metal ladders.
Someone said in the comments they should sue the building owner, why?
It reads as if they were all related to each other.
Here is another prayer for them....
Be positive and expect the best outcome....
The younger they are, the stronger they are.
So sad to hear this, especially when they are young.
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Old 01-09-2010, 12:11 PM
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Wow glad for your son and hope his friend pulls through
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Thanks for the well wishes.
An update:

My son went to see Rory (the one that was injured the worst) He is going to pull through but is going to have a long tough recovery, skin grafts etc. Rory's brother Travis lost a toe, he is going to be ok. Billy, the owner has some burns, he is going to be ok also.

I want to give a big hats off to the first responders, maybe one or more of them are boaters and see this, they are real heros, they probably saved 2 lives that day. Also Chris, a coworker who did CPR before the paramedics got there.
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Hope the company has good insurance....this one is going to get ugly.
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Hope their internal organs are OK , they should know by today, tomorrow at the latest . As a Lineman myself , my worst fear is to take a Bad Hit and live . The high Voltage does VERY bad things to your whole body , not just burn you, it can take out your nervous system , it can burn out your bone marrow , take out your muscle tissue and of course organ damage. At first you might just see a entrance hole and a exit, it takes a few days for things to die or the DR. has to start cutting parts off. I am not trying to scare you or anyone else but these are the facts and they aint pretty. Prayers for your Sons Friend and his co-workers. Everyone else.........Work SAFE and pay attention most don't get a 2nd chance.
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Years ago, I was a TSA Screener.
I responded to a woman screaming for a doctor.
Her husband was on the deck DRT (dead right there).
I performed CPR and brought him back. He was sitting up in the ambulance talking.
The human body can take a lot and bounce back, it's amazing.

This electrocution serves as another reminder for people to take a free CPR class.
If it were not for Chris and knowledge of CPR, this may have turned out differently.
It feels really good to bring someone back, really good!
I am so glad to hear things are getting better with the guys.

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Glad to here they all survived. I occasionally work extra jobs with high line workers and they do a job I would not.... In this day and age most people should know CPR, it saves lives. I have used it on a drowning victim before and brought them back.
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i did 15 years as an emergency service lineman before going back to a construction crew. its amazing what people do with no reguard to the power lines. one of the worst was when this guy went chasing after his bird who flew out of the house and landed on a tree near the high voltage line. he climbed the tree with a long metal net and went to get the bird. he contacted the high volts and the neutral at the same time. lucky for him he was just below it so didnt go through him but knocked out the power for the area.he was taken away in ambulance and was ok. plent of other stories including fatalities alot that can easily be prevented. i hope they are ok
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The value of learning skills such as CPR and First Aid cannot be underestimated. You can learn this skill online. We offer this training at www.cprclass.org.
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Originally Posted by rubenmajor View Post
The value of learning skills such as CPR and First Aid cannot be underestimated. You can learn this skill online. We offer this training at www.cprclass.org.
Careful...you might get sent to band camp?
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I understand. I'm just trying to spread the word about this important skill. As a paramedic, I've gone to so many houses and seen people who might have benefited from the skill and not had it performed. There is no way to tell for sure if it would have worked, but the point is to get people to try.
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I understand. I'm just trying to spread the word about this important skill. As a paramedic, I've gone to so many houses and seen people who might have benefited from the skill and not had it performed. There is no way to tell for sure if it would have worked, but the point is to get people to try.

What's the percentage for successful administration for CPR when it's not done by a medical professional?
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What's the percentage for successful administration for CPR when it's not done by a medical professional?
You know that's a very good question and there is no comprehensive answer since there has not been a uniform study on the subject yet. I can tell you that survival rates for CPR when initiated by the public are much higher than if not performed prior to EMS arriving.

In fact, you can look at the city of Seattle and their Medic One program as an example of a model community. The survival rates for cardiac arrest are astounding. Generally speaking, if you go into cardiac arrest, your chances of making it out of the hospital alive are 0.5-3%. If you live in Seattle, the numbers are much higher (approaching 30%). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cardiop..._resuscitation.
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Glad they're getting better!

One other thing to add to the Electrical Hazards list is that you don't even have to touch the lines! That shit'll jump 10-15' if there is enough juice and if it has something to jump to!
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Glad they're getting better!

One other thing to add to the Electrical Hazards list is that you don't even have to touch the lines! That shit'll jump 10-15' if there is enough juice and if it has something to jump to!
Exactly, that is what the guys from the power company said. They are not sure if the ladder ever touched the wire.
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Wishing them all a speedy recovery.
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Rich, keep us up to date please?
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Rich, keep us up to date please?
As of today all 3 are recovering and are going to be ok.

Rory (the one with the most severe injuries) is having surgery/skin graft today. He will probably be in the hospital for at least another week.

Travis is still in the hospital, he has had skin graft, lost a toe.

Billy has some burns may lose 1 finger.

From what I hear I guess they were lucky considering the voltage involved.

Thank you for all the well wishes.
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