NORTON (CBS) — A National Grid worker was critically injured after he was burned by an electrical wire and fell about 35 feet while on the job in Norton.

According to the Norton Fire Department, the man is approximately 40 years old. It appears he was up in the bucket truck when he came into contact with the high-power line with 7,600 watts of electricity flowing through it.

First responders rushed to the scene on West Hodges Street around 10 a.m. Tuesday.

“The officer that was working the detail along with another National Grid worker immediately did CPR on him. Other National Grid workers did first aid, taking off his clothes putting on burn packs and things like that,” said Norton Police Chief Brian Clark.

A utility worker is severely injured after he was burned and fell 35 feet while on the job in Norton (WBZ-TV)

The man was revived by the CPR and then transported to the Rhode Island Hospital trauma center.

“National Grid is committed to the safety of its employees and is reviewing the incident,” the utility company said in a statement to WBZ-TV.

No other information is available at this time.

“Our prayers are with them and their family. Hope it turns out better. It’s obviously a life-changing accident and all their lives will be changed,” said nearby resident Joyce Prescott.

Sam Prescott said, “They run a very risky occupation and a lot of people can take that for granted as they go about their business and see them working.”


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