A Verizon technician installing high-speed-Internet cables in Brooklyn, New York, was electrocuted on Wednesday after he accidentally touched a hidden power line.
Douglas La Lima, 37, was using a utility truck, installing the overhead cables when a Con Edison power line hidden in a tree touched the back of his neck causing him to catch fire.
Two co-workers in the truck mounted lift’s cab quickly lowered the boom to the ground and helped extinguish flames.
Fire-fighters were quickly on the scene, but La Lima, a 15 year Verizon veteran, died a short time later.
Con Edison said that electrical workers were at the scene trying to determine how La Lima came into contact with the electrical wires.