SAN JOSE (CBS SF) – A man who was hired to trim trees at a South San Jose home died when he was electrocuted late Wednesday morning, a California Division of Occupational Safety and Health spokesman said.
The incident occurred at about 11:45 a.m. at a home in the 2600 block of McLaughlin Avenue.READ MORE: KPIX Reporters Remember Slain Security Guard Kevin Nishita; 'Just the Kindest Man'
A preliminary investigation indicated that the worker, identified as 52-year-old Guadalupe Arteaga of San Jose, was climbing on branches over an energized power line when a safety rope fell onto the active line around 11:45 a.m., Cal/OSHA spokesman Greg Siggins said.
The rope acted as a conduit, carrying the electrical current to Arteaga. He was pronounced dead at the scene.READ MORE: UPDATE: News Crew Security Guard Shot in Oakland Dies From Injuries; Photo of Suspect Vehicle Released
Arteaga was working for Lupe’s Tree Service and Landscaping, Siggins said.
Cal/OSHA is continuing to investigate the death, he said.MORE NEWS: Teenage Programmer in East Bay Creates Internet Study-Buddy Platform for Students
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