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Three workers shocked in construction accident

Posted August 26, 2008

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— A construction crane in Hillsborough arced with an elevated power line Tuesday, injuring three construction workers, officials said.

The crane was located next to power lines running along the south side of West Margaret Lane near Churton Street in downtown Hillsborough, officials said. The incident occurred shortly after noon.

The injured workers, whose names weren't released, were taken by ambulance to UNC Hospitals, where they were treated and released.

Power was lost to portions of Hillsborough after the incident, but was restored a short time later.

The general contractor and the construction manager were investigating the accident.

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  • dpknc84 Aug 26, 2008

    This isn't proof positive of anything other than the notion that electricity will arc toward the nearest conductor to get itself to the ground. This was pure accidental and had nothing to do with certifications. Stop pointing fingers.

  • daMoFo Aug 26, 2008

    How is that proof positive the operator was not competent? And what's your connection with nccco.org?

  • WRAL is joe_dirt Aug 26, 2008

    Another proof-positive example that crane operations are out of control. To educate yourself about how to identify a competent crane operator, go to, nccco.org