Two GMP linemen injured after utility pole breaks

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Two GMP linemen injured after utility pole breaks

Wed, 07/22/2020 - 5:24pm -- tim

Vermont State Police On Wednesday morning (07/22/2020) at approximately 1027 hours, Troopers from the Vermont State Police were dispatched to a reported industrial accident in the area of 390 Blake Roy Road, Middlebury. Upon arrival, troopers learned that two GMP linemen were injured when the utility pole that they were working on suddenly broke.

Preliminary investigation indicates that lineman Josh McLean and Jared Allen were removing three phase lines from a utility pole and had begun to send equipment to the ground level when the pole suddenly broke at its base. The pole then fell striking a tracked vehicle and broke a second time. Allen landed on the ground adjacent to the pole; McLean landed on the ground with the pole partially on top of him.

McLean and Allen were assisted immediately by other GMP workers, then by Middlebury Technical Rescue and volunteers from the Salisbury Fire Department. Middlebury Rescue personnel stabilized both men prior to transport. Middlebury Rescue and a Life - Flight Helicopter provided transport to area hospitals.

Both McLean and Allen were properly wearing approved safety equipment (harnesses) while they worked more than 50 feet above the ground when the incident occurred.

At present time it is believed that internal damage to the wooden pole is a main contributing factor of this accident.

This incident remais under investigation.

Statement from Green Mountain Power about worksite accident in Middlebury:

"This is a very sad time, as two teammates were injured on the job in Middlebury Wednesday. They are both currently receiving medical care. The initial report indicates a pole broke, and employees working on it fell. Local fire and rescue responded quickly to the scene, along with other GMP crews and our safety team. Teamwork, safety and care for customers and one another is at the core of our work every day. Our hearts are with these line workers and their loved ones. We are doing all we can to support them and our other colleagues who are impacted by this event. We will conduct a review consistent with our safety procedures to learn more about what happened."

CASE#:  20B501813

RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Sgt. Stephen McNamara                            

STATION:  Vermont State Police - New Haven                                        

CONTACT#:  802-388-4919

DATE/TIME:  10:27 a.m., July 22, 2020

INCIDENT LOCATION:  390 Blake Roy Rd, Middlebury, VT.

INCIDENT:  Industrial Accident

INJURED PERSON#1

NAME:  Jared Allen

AGE:  25

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE:  Bristol, VT.

INJURIES:  Head and internal injuries:

HOSPITAL:  Transported by Middlebury rescue initially to Porter Hospital then to

UVM Medical Center for further treatment.

INJURED PERSON #2

NAME:  Josh McLean

AGE: 37

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE:  Brandon, VT

INJURIES:  Head and internal injuries:

HOSPITAL:  Transported by Life - Flight Helicopter to UVMMC