Construction Worker Dies of Electrocution Using Circular Power Saw in Arlington Heights

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Police, firefighters, and paramedics from Arlington Heights responded about 11:20 a.m. Friday, July 7, 2017 to a report of an unresponsive male in a recently excavated basement addition at 638 North Highland Avenue in Arlington Heights.

A 52 year-old male was the victim of an electrocution. Paramedics treated the victim with CPR and Advanced Life Support and transported him to Northwest Community Hospital. The victim was an employee with a Brady Construction LLC, working in a non-union status.




As an employee, the man was working to install concrete forms for a foundation addition to an existing single-family home. The employee, who was the crew foreman, was using a Skilsaw handheld circular saw, which was plugged into an extension cord plugged into a second extension cord. The second extension cord was plugged into an existing non-GFCI outlet in the basement of the home. The employee was electrocuted and died as a result of his injuries on Tuesday, July 11, 2017.

The fatal residential accident resulted in three OSHA violations.




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