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Man electrocuted in Nashua construction accident

Union Leader Correspondent

November 02. 2017 7:54PM

NASHUA — Officials are investigating how a construction worker died Thursday afternoon while on site at Cannongate Condominiums.

Few details were released Thursday about the accident, which took place shortly after noon on Cannongate Road.

Emergency crews were called to the scene for a medical emergency, according to Deputy Chief Glen MacDonald of Nashua Fire Rescue.

“The worker came in contact with power lines, which resulted in fatal injuries,” said MacDonald.

The construction worker, whose identity and age were not released by fire officials, was working in a hydraulic lift when the lift came into contact with the electrical wires, said MacDonald.

It was not immediately clear whether the victim was operating the lift or if someone else may have been operating the machine from the ground.

The victim was already deceased when fire crews arrived, according to MacDonald.

“The power lines were still energized so we had to wait for Eversource to kill the power,” he explained.

MacDonald did not know what construction firm the victim worked for. He also did not know what type of project was ongoing at the time of the accident.

When asked whether the hydraulic lift could have malfunctioned, MacDonald said that is part of the investigation.

Assisting with the investigation is the Nashua Fire Marshal, the State Fire Marshal, Nashua police and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

“OSHA is inspecting a fatality that happened in Nashua, N.H., today,” confirmed James Lally of the U.S. Department of Labor in Boston, Mass.

Lally declined to elaborate on the investigation, saying OSHA does not normally comment on open inspections.

“OSHA has six months to complete an inspection,” he said.

Public Safety Nashua

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