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UPDATED: Autopsy Scheduled for Man Electrocuted at Mission Viejo High School

The Orange County Coroner's office has identified him as an Apple Valley man.

Firefighters were called to Mission Viejo High School Thursday after a man was found unresponsive and likely electrocuted. Another man was also injured in the incident. Photo courtesy Orange County Fire Authority.
Firefighters were called to Mission Viejo High School Thursday after a man was found unresponsive and likely electrocuted. Another man was also injured in the incident. Photo courtesy Orange County Fire Authority.
Originally posted at 9:59 a.m. July 18, 2014. Edited with new details.

An autopsy will be performed on the man electrocuted Thursday at Mission Viejo High School, who was identified today as an Apple Valley Man, officials said.

Daniel Pohl, 23, was working at the high school on some scaffolding when he was found unresponsive, an Orange County Coroner's office press release says.

"Initial reports are that he possibly came into contact with electrical lines. An autopsy will be performed," the coroner's office posted on its website.

The call came in around 3 p.m., Orange County Fire Capt. Steve Concialdi told City News Service.

Another man was injured when he came to Pohl's aid, Concialdi told Patch. There were three men total working, and when the first was shocked, a second scrambled up to help him.

Meanwhile, a coach from San Juan Hills High, which was scrimmaging against Mission Viejo, also ran to help, Concialdi said. The colleague started to apply CPR, but then he stood up, hitting the back of his neck on the electrical wires.

He fell from the platform 25 feet to the ground, he said. However, it looks like he will pull through, Concialdi said.

As for the San Juan Hills coach, "luckily the coach wasn't injured. He kept his arms in, he stayed on the wood planks of the scaffolding and he did not touch the side rails."
  
The men were working for a construction company that was erecting scaffolding to eventually place a banner, he said.

Tammy Blakely, spokeswoman for the Saddleback Valley Unified School District, said the workers were not hired by the district.

The banner the scaffolding would hold is to publicize an event, she said.

"It’s under investigation on how the company was hired and who hired the company," Blakely said. "I don’t have information I can give you on that."




Shirley Dicktor July 18, 2014 at 09:50 PM
Why the autopsy since he was electrocuted?
Amanda LaRosa July 19, 2014 at 08:50 PM
As is the case in so many matters, how he came to contact the 'hot' (charged) wire(s) could have a bearing on liability. For example, the victim could have had a heart attack, fell onto the wire and as his weight caused the wire to disconnect from its source (with electricity still flowing through it from the other end's connection) he touched the wire as he fell or slumped. In this scenario there is no negligence, only a tragic accident. In another scenario, the scaffolding could have been constructed in such a way that pressure was placed on the wire, causing it to disconnect and come into contact with the scaffold, making the victim's electrocution a matter of negligence on the part of whoever constructed the scaffold. Note: These examples are provided only as an illustration of why it may be important to establish the victim's health at the time of injury.
Brainwashed_In_Church July 21, 2014 at 01:30 PM
He could have been drinking or on drugs too.

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