Two construction workers suffered serious burn injuries and other trauma at a construction site near downtown Omaha, Nebraska, when the bucket lift they were in made contact with power lines.
Omaha’s WOWT 6 News said a police report on the March 11 accident listed the men as employees of Ronco Construction, an Omaha-based company that carries out construction projects throughout the Midwest.
A witness told investigators at the scene that the boom truck made contact with a power line as the men were in the raised bucket. One of the men was ejected from the bucket and fell four stories to the ground. The other worker ended up on the roof of the apartment building where they were working. The building is near 49th and Dodge, according to KETV Channel 7 Omaha.
Authorities identified the workers as 33-year-old Freddie Maldonado and 25-year-old Alex Cooper. Rescuers initially transported the injured workers to the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) in Omaha for treatment.
Mr. Cooper was later transferred to the Burn and Wound Care center at CHI Health St. Elizabeth in Lincoln, Nebraska, where he is being treated for critical injuries, including severe burns and a head injury.
Mr. Maldonado was hospitalized for electrocution injuries.
According to WOWT 6 News, the accident triggered a power outage that left about 2,350 Omaha Public Power District customers without electricity. Power was restored to the area the same day.
According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), several workers are injured or killed on aerial lifts every year. Ejections, falls, and electrocutions are among the most commonly reported injuries involving lifts on the job.