An electrician was electrocuted to death on Sunday when clinging to a utility pole to upgrade the power lines in a province in south-central Vietnam.
The electric shock took the life of the victim while his body was still hanging amid the lines, according to local witnesses.
Police reports said that the incident occurred at 1:35 pm when Nguyen Van Chung, 37, from Tam Xuan 2 Commune, Nui Thanh District, Quang Nam, climbed onto a power pole in Vinh Binh Village, Tam Thang Commune, located in the provincial capital of Tam Ky, to renew the 22kV power lines.
Eyewitnesses said that all the electricity sources in the area were shut down for the line renewal, but Chung still got shocked at the time.
Two hours after the incident, a ladder truck was sent by a Tam Ky electricity firm to take the deceased down from the pole.
Chung’s body was then handed over to his family, according local officials.
Phan Vu Dong Quan, manager of the electricity company, confirmed the case when being interviewed by Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reporters yesterday.
“Chung was a worker hired by the company to upgrade the said power lines,” Quan said, adding that other staff members were sent to visit the victim’s family and the company will offer support for his funeral and other related procedures.
The cause of and responsibility for Chung’s death are still under investigation, police said.