Electrical Worker Killed at Bladensburg Bus Garage

By James Hohmann
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, August 19, 2009

A subcontractor doing work for Metro was electrocuted Tuesday morning while installing wiring at the Bladensburg bus garage in Northeast Washington, transit officials said.

About 8:40 a.m., an employee of a subcontractor was installing the wiring for a new air compressor, Metro spokeswoman Cathy Asato said. First aid was administered by Metro employees, and a defibrillator was used, she said. The man, whose name has not been released, was taken to Washington Hospital Center, where he died at 9:25 a.m., Asato said.

The incident happened in the 2200 block of 26th Street NE. An investigation will be conducted by Metro Transit Police.

Metro said the man worked for subcontractor Jaxson Point Electric, which could not be reached Tuesday.

It was the second fatal accident in recent days involving work being done for Metro. Nine days ago, Metro track spotter Michael Nash died during routine maintenance work on the Orange Line when he was struck by a gravel-spreading machine.

In response to that incident, Metro announced a safety stand-down to give all employees a refresher training course on safety. When he announced the training, Metro General Manager John B. Catoe Jr. said contractors would also receive more information on work safety.

According to Metro, Tuesday's fatality was the first time a contractor doing work for Metro died on the job since a dump truck ran over a contract employee in 1992.

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