It’s inescapable: No matter how good an employee you are, you’re going to mess up sometime. Then you suffer that stomach-dropping feeling when you know you screwed up and bad consequences will follow. For one employee of Arizona Public Services, the consequences of one mess-up on Thursday meant that millions were affected by a loss of power when huge parts of Southern California, Mexico and Arizona plunged into darkness.
APS put out a statement saying that the switch clicked off when a power line was tripped during maintenance work in North Gila, Ariz. The outage should have been contained to the surrounding area, and the power company said it would be investigating why backup protection did not work.
No injuries have been reported, though there were two sewage spills that contamenated the Los Peñasquitos Lagoon and Sweetwater River.
Here’s one San Diegan’s take on the day: