'Fairly serious' burns for utility worker


PITTSFIELD -- A Berkshire County man continues to recover from "fairly serious" electrical burns suffered while doing work on power lines for the Western Massachusetts Electric Co.

The WMECO employee, who utility officials won't identify as a matter of company policy, remains at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, according to WMECO spokeswoman Sandra Ahearn.

While Ahearn wouldn't disclose the worker's condition, she confirmed on Sunday "he is from the Pittsfield area."

The electric company employee, reportedly in his mid-40s, was performing work on a pole behind the empty Patriot Suites Hotel on Dan Fox Drive late Friday morning when he apparently made contact with an energetic circuit.

He was knocked unconscious and was left hanging from the pole by his safety belt, according to city fire officials.

Using a bucket truck, the man's WMECO colleagues and the Pittsfield Fire Department got him on the ground, where an ambulance took him to Berkshire Medical Center before doctors decided to airlift him to Massachusetts General.

Ahearn said WMECO is still investigating the cause of the accident.



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