Lift operator electrocuted, son hurt

The operator of an aerial lift was electrocuted and his son was injured while trying to rescue him on October 1, 2021, in Melbourne Beach, Florida.

The man was in the bucket of a lift working for a tree-trimming service when he accidentally made contact with an electric line while trimming trees behind a residence.

Deputies said the worker’s teenage son was injured while trying to help his injured father, but it was unclear if he was also working for the tree service or why he was there.

The father was pronounced dead at the scene, and his son was taken to a hospital in stable condition, according to a WFTV Channel 9 report.

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