NEW YORK (1010 WINS/CBS 2) – Staten Island resident Nicholas Genovese says he is happy to be alive after nearly being electrocuted over the weekend.
“I just got the shock of my life,” Genovese said.
Genovese and Alan Weinberg, 64, of Long Beach, were preparing to wash the windows at a Bank of America branch on Merrick Road in Lynbrook using a telescoping 40-foot washing pole on Saturday.
Genovese was holding the pole at the top of a ladder while Weinberg stood on the ground holding the bottom of the pole, detectives said. At that time, a gust of wind blew the pole into a power line.
“The voltage went through me and everything went black for a second,” Genovese said. “The next thing I knew I just hit the ground.”
Police said that by the time officers arrived, Weinberg was in cardiac arrest. They performed CPR, and paramedics from the Lynbrook Fire Department continued treatment.
Weinberg was stabilized at South Nassau Communities Hospital and was then transfered to Nassau University Medical Center Burn Unit for treatment of second and third degree burns to his hands and feet. He was in critical condition.
Genovese suffered second and third degree burns on his hands and feet. He was in stable condition at Nassau University Medical Center.
“I thought I got struck by lightning,” Genovese said. “I thought I was dying but thank God I’m still here.”
Genovese said he will keep washing windows but never near power lines. His wife, Joanna, said he will not need skin grafts and will be released from the hospital on Tuesday.