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San Francisco Worker Burned By Electrical Wire At Transbay Terminal Site

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A wrecking ball plows into the '425' address on the front of the Transbay Terminal building in San Francisco on December 3, 2010. (CBS)

A wrecking ball plows into the ’425′ address on the front of the Transbay Terminal building in San Francisco on December 3, 2010. (CBS)

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – A construction worker is expected to survive after he came into contact with a live electrical wire at the site of the new Transbay Terminal project.

The accident happened on Saturday afternoon, as the worker came into contact with an electrical line on Fremont Street between Howard and Mission streets.

Transbay Joint Powers Authority spokesman Adam Alberti said it happened as the worker was relocating utilities in the area.

“The work on that particular location has been halted until we are able to determine exactly what caused the incident to ensure that it is safe to continue,” he said.

But Alberti said that construction will continue elsewhere for the rest of the project, which occupies more than five blocks.

“We don’t expect this to have any scheduling impact,” said Alberti. “The worker is reportedly doing well. He suffered from second degree burns and is expected to recover fully.”

KCBS’ Chris Filippi Reports:

Pacific Gas & Electric spokesman Joe Molica said the accident shows the importance of checking in advance to determine if a power line is live.

“This shows the extreme importance of utilizing safe working techniques when construction crews are down there,” Molica said.

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health has been brought in to investigate the incident.

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