Updated: Worker dies after construction accident at Swedish/Edmonds Wednesday

Updated with more details at 4:07 p.m.

A 38-year-old man died Wednesday afternoon after being electrocuted during a construction accident at the Swedish/Edmonds campus that also triggered a power outage to the hospital and several Edmonds neighborhoods, Edmonds police said.

According to police spokesman Sgt. Josh McClure, the victim was working with a compressed air tool while in a ditch, and died at the scene. Snohomish County PUD spokesman Neil Neroutsos said the worker’s contact with the line caused the outage at 1:50 p.m.

Neighbors reported hearing a loud boom at the time of the outage, but Neroutsos said he couldn’t yet confirm whether a transformer blew. The outage affected about 890 customers, he added.

McClure said that power outage not only affected the hospital but was scattered across several Edmonds neighborhoods including downtown.  Swedish/Edmonds used backup generators until power was restored about 2:24 p.m, he said. According to McClure, power interruptions in the area may still be possible.

The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries was notified of the accident and will be investigating. The Snohomish County Medical Examiner will respond to the scene and determine the cause and manner of death, police said.

Swedish/Edmonds started work this spring on a two-story, 77,000-square-foot facility that will feature a new emergency department and urgent care center. Completion is expected in fall 2015.

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12 Comments

  1. so sad

  2. Chermak Construction extends our deepest sympathy to the friends, and family of the victim. We are devastated for all concerned.

  3. So sad and what a tragedy for his family. Kruger clinic employees extend our sympathy to all.

  4. it was a jack hammer accident, not a backhoe. So sad!

  5. My condolences go out to all those construction workers who witnessed this horrible tragedy. My heart goes out to all! What can I do to help?

    • Wow, that’s F’d up…thoughts n prayer to the family…Sellen Construction is a safety oriented company…very unfortunate accident :(

  6. I was jackhammering last week on another job my heart goes out to the crew he worked with and his family and friends

  7. Noticed outage while working at Kruger this afternoon, but had no idea. My thoughts are with his family, friends, and co-workers.

  8. Anyone know how this could happen with so many safety measures in place? Live underground lines are common while digging? Seriously, anyone know?

  9. Big J I will see you again SEMPER FI .

  10. He was my neighbor. A newlywed, married in July. A father, son, brother, friend. Grew a garden. Raised chickens. My heart aches for his wife and daughters. It should not have happened. Not to Jason…… or any other construction worker who expects to go home at the end of the day.

  11. Very sad. Way to young to leave

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