Paramedics tend to one of two men who suffered electrical shocks while working on Victoria Avenue (below) in White Rock Thursday morning. The pair were airlifted from Centennial Park.

Pair airlifted following electrical injury in White Rock

Ambulances arrived on scene just after 10 a.m. to transport the victims to air ambulance at Centennial Park.

Two men were airlifted to Royal Columbian Hospital Thursday morning after suffering an electric shock while working in White Rock on Victoria Avenue near Vidal Street.

Emergency crews were alerted to the incident around 10 a.m. It occurred as the pair were installing a light standard on the north sidewalk of Victoria Avenue.

“They were setting up a light standard and they contacted the primary lines,” White Rock deputy fire Chief Bob Schlase said.

Flagger Mandy Penner was directing traffic in the intersection when she heard a scream and saw the two men on the ground.

“I heard a scream and a thump and they were both on the sidewalk,” Penner said. “The one guy was not moving. The other guy was convulsing.”

Paramedics, firefighters and police responded to the 911 call, and the two men – a 33-year-old Burnaby resident and a 47-year-old South Surrey resident – were transported by ambulance to a helicopter waiting at Centennial Park.

Thursday afternoon, WorkSafe BC spokesperson Megan Johnston would not disclose the condition of the men, citing confidentiality, but did say that both were conscious when transported to hospital.

BC Hydro and WorkSafe “fatal and serious incident” investigators were on the scene.

Johnston said preliminary findings indicate the two victims were guiding a light standard that was being moved into place by a crane when the crane touched a high-voltage power line.

More to come…

Victoria Avenue site

Just Posted

Teens charged in stabbing death of South Surrey man in strip mall parking lot

Two youths, aged 15 and 16, charged in Aug. 16 killing of Paul Prestbakmo

Council to look into Cloverdale arena project

Plans could include twinning existing rink

Surrey family donates $125K to hospital’s children’s centre, with a 55-day fundraising campaign

Bob Hans says the initiative is meant to coincide with the 550th birthday celebrations of Guru Nanak

WestCoast Big Band Festival on the move from Surrey to Vancouver

‘It’s time for our festival to go to the next level,’ organizer says of mid-November event

VIDEO: Trudeau asks Canada to look to current, not past, actions on race

Liberal leader says he never spoke about the racist photo because he was embarrassed

Legislature gifts, clothing, travel need better control, B.C. auditor says

Audit follows suspensions of managers by Speaker Darryl Plecas

‘Really disturbing:’ Trudeau’s racist photos worry B.C. First Nation chief

Wet’suwet’en Chief concerned the photos will sow fear in Indigenous communities

‘Unacceptable’: What politicians have to say about Trudeau in blackface

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi: ‘When I saw that picture last night, certainly it was a sucker-punch’

‘He’s trying to kill me’: Victoria police commandeer boats to reach screaming woman

No charges laid and civilians to be awarded honours after incident on Gorge Waterway

VIDEO: B.C. man accused of assaulting sex worker loses temper in interrogation

Defence lawyer says statements made by accused Curtis Sagmoen should be deemed inadmissible

John Horgan promises action after fatal mid-Island bus crash

Premier cites students, local Indigneous community as reason to repair the road

Police warn of escalating violence, weapons in Vancouver’s Oppenheimer Park

Officers issue statement about high crime in the area that includes a homeless camp

Forestry watchdog warned B.C. government about Bamfield Road in 2008

Ombusman’s specific concerns re-surface in wake of bus crash that killed two students

Most Read