Thursday, July 15, 2010

Natural Gas Line Ruptures, Georgia Power Workers Burned Trying To Replace Pole.

By Kristi E. Swartz
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Two Georgia Power workers trying to replace a utility pole were burned when they accidentally hit an underground natural gas line, a Georgia Power spokeswoman said.

The crews were working Birmingham Highway, just south of Providence Road, in Milton early Thursday afternoon when they "came in contact with a natural gas line," Georgia Power spokeswoman Lynn Wallace said.

The gas line exploded, burning one of the workers who was up in a bucket truck. The man jumped 35 feet to safety to escape the flames, Wallace said.

WSB-TV reported the victim experienced burns on 80 percent of his body.
Georgia Power did not identify the man, who was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital to be treated for his injuries, because they wanted to ensure next of kin was notified, Georgia Power spokesman Lisa Frederick said.

A second crew member attempted to help the victim after he jumped, and experienced minor burns on his hands, Frederick said. He was treated on site for his injuries.
Wallace said it's unclear exactly how the accident happened. The line is owned by Atlanta Gas Light.

"We’re certainly going to be looking into it and investigating what went on at the site and why it happened," Wallace said.

According to Frederick, 39 homes in the area had to have their electricity and gas shut off all day. As of 9:30 p.m., service was still out.

Georgia Power, Atlanta Gas Light and the Atlanta Fire Department will investigate the incident collaboratively.

"Any time any accident happens, everyone involved fully cooperates," Frederick said. "We just have to make sure it doesn't happen again."


Anonymous said...

Good to see they have involved the City of Atlanta Fire Dept in the investigation.

Anonymous said...

You're right. How come?

Anonymous said...

Would it not something special if our community of Milton sent a small note of hope, support and love to the young man injured last week in the Georgia Power accident on Birmingham Highway... If you have a minute, maybe you and/or your children could be that ray of light for Kylan Warren...mail can be sent to the following address and it WILL be given to him. Thank you so very much for your time.....
Kylan & Keshia Warren
c/o Andrea Bramlett
1438 Highway 382 West
Ellijay, GA  30540


Anonymous said...

Is Ga. Power above the law? What about call before you dig? Waiting 48 and making sure all underground utilities have been marked...especially GAS!! Can anyone say "Damage Prevention" where is the PSC on this one, and please tell me that in the GUFPA law that Georgia Power is not excempt! Don't they have to check the PRIS system like every other excavator? Are the lives of Ga. Power workers less important? Is saftey for all or not!?! My thoughts and prayers go out to this young man and his family, so sad that this accident that could have been avoided was not,over what "production"?
Shame on Ga. power and the saftey dept.

Anonymous said...

Why is Atlanta Fire Department investigating?

Armil@ga natural gas said...

It's nice knowing this big news:Two Georgia Power workers trying to replace a utility pole were burned when they accidentally hit an underground natural gas line.