SEC reports lineman injured in Gladys in storm

A Southside Electric Cooperative line technician was injured Mon., Jan. 3, while working on electricity restoration during the recent snowstorm. He was working in Campbell County, near the Gladys community, when the incident happened.

The line technician has been with the Cooperative nearly two years. He was injured in a fall during restoration operations. His co-workers immediately provided care before he was transported by emergency personnel to Lynchburg General Hospital. He is in stable condition.

SEC is investigating the incident, but preliminary findings indicate he did not come in contact with live wires.

"Working as a lineworker is hazardous work in the best of conditions and even more so in a storm event," Jeff Edwards, President and CEO of SEC said. "That danger became all too real during Monday morning's winter storm. Our employees risk their lives every day to keep the electricity flowing to our valued members. We ask everyone to join the SEC family in praying for our line technician and his family."

Through increased safety awareness and focus, SEC has not had a lost-time incident in more than 3½ years.

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