Two workers electrocuted at Columbus manufacturing facility

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COLUMBUS, Ind. (June 29, 2015)—Two workers at a Columbus manufacturing facility were taken to the hospital after being electrocuted when a front-end tractor loader made contact with a power line.

Emergency crews responded to Rightway Fasteners at 7945 S. International Drive around 2:06 p.m. Monday. Representatives from the facility told responders the two injured men, who are contractors from an outside vendor, were moving a large air handling unit through a parking lot outside the facility. According to initial reports, the victims were walking along the unit as it was being transported using the front-end tractor loader. As the two men, and another worker inside the tractor, maneuvered the unit, the loader hit overhead power lines, electrocuting the two men on the ground.

Officials said the operator of the tractor was uninjured and remained in the loader until power to the 69,000 volt line was de-energized. One of the injured men was transported to Eskenazi Health’s burn unit via Lifeline. The second man was taken to Columbus Regional Health. Their conditions are unknown at this time.

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