OSHA Takes Over Investigation on the Two Construction Workers who were Electrocuted on Saturday

AMARILLO - A construction worker is dead and another is in critical condition after an incident in Downtown Amarillo this weekend.
 
It was a wet Saturday but worked still continued on at the new Xcel Energy building in Downtown Amarillo.
 
That was until an electrical incident happened involving two construction workers.
 
"They were drilling in some type of box and possibly made some type of contact with a very high amperage either line or device something like that caused a huge arc, the electrocution and then the ensuing fire," said Capt. Larry Davis, Amarillo Fire Department."
 
Since then work has been at a standstill, for now. 
 
Opus Design-Build, L.L.C, the national company overseeing construction released a statement saying in part:
 
"Work is still suspended at the site due to the investigation. But it could resume as early as tomorrow."
 
 The Amarillo Fire Marshall's Office was originally conducting the investigation but a new organization has taken over: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration. 
 
"It's no longer in the Fire Department's hands and I believe that the Fire Marshalls' Office is really pretty much wrapped up their investigation on it as well. At this point, OSHA will come in and investigate and if there's any safety recommendations that need to be made I suppose they will make those," said Captain Davis.
 
According to OSHA's media spokesperson, the administration currently can't say anything about the incident. 
    
That's because they just opened up the investigation and everything is still preliminary phase.
 
There's also no telling how long the investigation could take, but by law, OSHA has up to six months to complete the case.   
 
Captain Davis says it's not uncommon for us to have this type of industrial accident but to have one of this severity, it's pretty uncommon and very unfortunate. As of now the names of the two construction workers have not been released. 
 
Captain Davis tells us to his knowledge he doesn't remember the last time we had an incident this severe.
 
 

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