Oct. 11 2018 12:00 AM

Worker was zapped when equipment touched the line.


A landscaper in Orange County in upstate New York is lucky to be alive after nearly being electrocuted while doing tree work from a bucket truck, according to a story aired on News 12 Westchester and published on its website.

The 33-year-old man was part of a four-person crew trimming a tree outside a home in Montgomery when either his tools or the metal bucket he was working in apparently touched a power line, according to police.

The three other crew members told police they were standing on the ground when they suddenly heard a loud pop, and looked up to see a flash of light surrounding the man in the bucket.

The injured man suffered severe burns and was taken to Orange Regional Medical Center. The other three men in the crew were evaluated at the scene and released.

This incident serves as a reminder of the need to exercise extreme caution around power lines. A distance of 10 feet should be maintained at all times.