2007-11-16 / Community

Near-Electrocution For Two At Edgemere Construction Site

By Miriam Rosenberg

Beach 39 Street, near Beach Channel Drive, is roped-off after two construction workers were nearly electrocuted by a live wire that hit a piece of equipment on the evening of November 8. Beach 39 Street, near Beach Channel Drive, is roped-off after two construction workers were nearly electrocuted by a live wire that hit a piece of equipment on the evening of November 8. Two workers constructing new homes were injured when a piece of equipment they were working with inadvertently touched a live electrical wire at an Edgemere construction site last week, sources say.

Workers were pumping concrete at the Beach 39 Street site when the accident happened.

"A concrete pump boom hit the overhead wire," said Captain Brian McMahon, the commanding officer of the 101 Precinct, who responded to the scene of the accident on November 8.

According to reports, the superintendent of the Metropolitan Construction Group told police that Antemio Blaus, 25, and Richardo Garcia, 26, were spreading cement that was being poured into a trench by the boom, which made contact with the live power line.

Both workers were rendered unconscious by the powerful electrical charge moving through their bodies.

One eyewitness told The Wave that the shoes worn by one of the men were blackened and knocked from his feet by the electrical charge.

The boom on the top of this concrete pumping truck made contact with live power lines, shocking two workers spreading concrete in a trench on November 8. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg The boom on the top of this concrete pumping truck made contact with live power lines, shocking two workers spreading concrete in a trench on November 8. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg Fellow workers pulled the two men to safety. They were later transported to the trauma center at Jamaica Hospital by EMS ambulance.

Several two-family homes are currently under construction on the lot, on Beach Channel Drive, between Beach 39 and 40 Streets.

A check on the Department of Building's website revealed that the property is owned by the city's Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD).

According to the DOB website, no violations were found when inspectors from that agency last visited the site on November 9.

Sources say that both of the men are expected to fully recover from their near-electrocution.

With the concrete pumping truck in the background, construction workers at the site wait around for news after the accident. With the concrete pumping truck in the background, construction workers at the site wait around for news after the accident.

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