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Worker Critically Injured When Ladder Touches High Voltage Wires In Sterling Heights

June 12, 2018 - 3:36 pm

STERLING HEIGHTS (WWJ) - A 50-year-old Macomb Township man is hospitalized after he was critically injured on the job in Sterling Heights. 

Sterling Heights Fire Chief Chris Martin said the man was painting outside a business on Sims Drive, near Mound and 18 Mile Road, late Tuesday morning when a ladder he was using came in contact with some high voltage electrical wires

"(The current) wants to find ground," Martin told WWJ's Zahra Huber. "So in this case...he was touching a ladder and he was on the ground, so the current went right through his body and then came out on ground."

The man was unresponsive when EMS arrived at the scene and he was taken to Beaumont Hospital, Martin said. Due to the severity of his injuries, Martin said, he was then transferred to Detroit Recieving Hospital for further care. 

"You typically get burn injuries and then also like trauma injuries to your body and internal injuries because the electricity passes through many parts of your body," Martin said.

The man, whose name has not been released, was listed in critical conditon later in the day.

Investigators from the Sterling Heights Police and Fire Departments were on the scene conducting an investigation into the incident and MIOSHA has been notified.