Verizon Worker Electrocuted On The Job In Brownsville

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A Verizon worker was electrocuted while working in Brooklyn Wednesday.

1010 WINS’ Al Jones reports that shortly before noon the worker was threading FiOS cable through tree branches at Christopher and New Lotts Avenues in Brownsville when he got tangled up in a power line.

1010 WINS’ Al Jones with witnesses

Leonard McCleod, who lives near the scene, said he heard screaming.

“It is a horrible thing to leave to come to work in the morning and never know that you’re not coming back,” he said. “It’s a tragedy.”

A witness said he saw sparks and then the worker caught fire.

Verizon crew members brought the lift bucket down and extinguished the fire, but the worker was pronounced dead at the scene.

The incident is under investigation.

  • Nichole

    This is so tragic. My heart goes out to his family.

  • Joey B

    One of my fellow workers die on the job and all you have to say is VIOS or FIOS ? Are you kidding !!!!

  • Edward

    And while this Verizon worker lies dead in the street, the Verizon CEO sits high in his 50th floor corner office counting his $55,000 a day salary. So much cash, he can’t even deposit it thru an ATM, he needs an armored car.

    • Frank D


      You tell him

    • Monique

      The point is the people who do the real work take most of the year to make that much.

    • L

      I was on a lot of union member web pages during the strike. There were so many comments from linemen/women discussing how they were expected use rundown vehicles and sunstandard equipment because Verizon was cutting costs by neglecting it’s fleet/plant. It was only after public outcry(not to mention the promise of FEMA $) did Verizon acknowledge a backlog & declare a state of emergency days after Irene. That means 12hr/day, 7 day/weeks for workers like this poor fellow. I think Edward’s point is that these men & women have to risk the same fate every day for a year to earn the same money that CEO Lowell makes in one day sitting in his comfy office. PS. One of the 100 things VZ wanted to abolish in contract negotiations was Death Benifits if a worker died on the job. Shame on them.

  • Case Poi

    VIOS or FIOS

  • ConcernedCitizen13

    Prayers for the family of the deceased. Very sad.

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