UPDATED: Man Putting Up Scaffolding at Mission Viejo High Electrocuted

One dead, another is in critical condition.

Photo courtesy Orange County Fire Authority.
Photo courtesy Orange County Fire Authority.

Originally posted at 4:45 p.m. July 17, 2014. Edited with new details.

UPDATE at 11:29 p.m.: The injured man is going to make it., according to the OCFA. The men were working for a construction company that was erecting scaffolding to eventually place a banner.

Original post:

A person putting up scaffolding on a Mission Viejo High School athletic field was electrocuted today and another person who rushed to his aid was fighting for his life, a fire captain said.

The scaffolding apparently came in contact with electrical lines about 3 p.m., Capt. Steve Concialdi of the Orange County Fire Authority said.

Both victims were described as being in their mid 20s and taken to the hospital, where the initial victim was declared dead, Concialdi said. The survivor had severe burns and injuries suffered from falling about 25 feet, he said.

It was unclear what the two men were doing or who employed them. Cal/OSHA will investigate the deadly accident, a representative said.

--City News Service

Brainwashed_In_Church July 18, 2014 at 09:36 AM
Interesting from the OCR:"Saddleback Valley Unified School District spokeswoman Tammy Blakely said that the project the crew was working on was not authorized by the district."
GreenInOC July 18, 2014 at 10:30 AM
That could mean that they don't know anything about it because they didn't authorize it but assume that the MVHS did. I read it more as, "we weren't involved so we don't have any information".
RWO July 18, 2014 at 02:01 PM
This is what happens,when you have the cheapest labor,doing work,,union organized labor may cost more,but a life is not worth loosing.
imcjl July 20, 2014 at 12:40 PM
RWO, ridiculous comments as no one knows the cause of the accident yet. Blind loyalty to unions such as your comment suggests is one of many reasons behind the decline of unions in this country. Plenty of work injuries and deaths with Union shops controlling job sites....some even leave their victims in pylons holding up bridges...
Janie D. July 22, 2014 at 09:59 PM
imcjl...I could not agree with you more! As if electrocution doesn't occur on union projects as well...just because its...Union. RWO has no idea of how "cheap" the labor for this effort may or may not have been, or any other information that NONE of us are privy to as yet. So in light of the circumstance itself, I would say this was a project that was extremely costly indeed with one young man losing his life while trying to make a living in this economy, and another fighting for his. Prayers to the families of both...and hopes that THEY get some real answers very soon!


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