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SRP employee hospitalized after shocked while working on high-voltage power

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Posted: Monday, January 30, 2012 3:48 pm

An SRP worker severely shocked while working on high-voltage power lines in Apache Junction on Friday remains hospitialized at Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix, but is expected to recover from his injuries, an SRP spokesman said.

The worker, a 40-year-old man, was shocked while working in a remote desert area about three miles east of the Peralta Trails Subdivision, located east of Gold Canyon near the U.S. 60. The injuries were considered to be life-threatening.

However, the quick actions of his co-workers were able to revive him until emergency crews arrived on the scene.

Emergency response to the injured man was delayed because of difficulty accessing the remote area with no maintained road system, but before crews arrived, the injured man had been treated by SRP workers, using an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) they carried with them, according to the Apache Junction Fire District.

The victim was employed by Salt River Project, and was part of a large crew that was working on transmission lines in the area, according to the Apache Junction Fire District.

Workers told fire crews that power to the high-voltage lines had been disconnected, but they may have been back-fed from another source that was not disconnected, causing an induced voltage from another source on the line.

The line was a 230,000 voltage line, but the man who was injured did not experience the full voltage as the line had been de-energized, said Scott Harrelson, an SRP spokesman.

The man's current condition and name were not available Monday.

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