Man injured in fall from ladder at Cuyahoga Falls power substation
A worker subcontracting at a Cuyahoga Falls electric substation was injured Friday when he fell from a ladder at the site.
The accident caused an outage in the city that lasted for less than a half hour.
Cuyahoga Falls Fire Department Lt. Steve Lyons, the city’s fire marshal, said the worker was painting when the accident occurred.
The subcontractor was conducting annual maintenance at the substation, located at the northeast corner of State Road and Sacket Avenue.
“It looks like he fell off his ladder [and] grabbed an electrical service line, which caused him to get shocked,” Lyons said.
The man fell about 15 feet, Lyons said. He was taken by city emergency medical services to Summa Akron City Hospital.
Before he was transported, the injured man was talking with emergency medical personnel, Lyons said.
Further information on the man’s condition was not immediately available.
The outage affected businesses and residences along State Road and stretched more than a mile away toward Front Street. Both the Acme Fresh Market on State Road and Richardson Elementary School on 23rd Street were affected.
A city spokeswoman said some electric customers had power restored within minutes, and all customers had regained power by 11:45 a.m. The number of customers affected was not immediately available.
The substation is operated by the Cuyahoga Falls Electric System and American Municipal Power, a nonprofit corporation that owns and operates electric facilities.
Lyons said a call on the incident came in to the fire department about 11:20 a.m., shortly after the city’s 9/11 observance had concluded.
“We’re just thankful that it wasn’t worse,” he said.
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