An Arden man was sent to the hospital after firefighters say he was shocked while tree trimming.
Samuel Arrington was high up on a ladder in his front yard Monday afternoon when a branch he had just trimmed, fell the wrong way. His nephew says, Arrington tried to grab it just as it hit a high voltage Duke powerline.
Arrington was shocked by the current but able to climb down from the ladder with assistance. Skyland Fire Department officials say he suffered burns up his right arm and on his foot, where the electrical current exited.
Arrington's nephew James was at the base of the ladder when the accident happened, and he says his uncle will likely get right back up on the ladder to trim back branches this week. "He's a hard-working man. I man this stuff like this he's been doing all his life," said James Arrington Monday. "We're going to have to you know because come winter, and the snow and ice freezes them, they start falling and hitting the lines."
Authorities say that trimming trees near powerlines is dangerous, even for professionals, and suggest homeowners contact their power company to ask for workers to come out and do an assessment. In certain situations, Duke says, it will do the work for you.
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