A man died on Saturday after falling around 20 metres after the bucket was sheared off the boom by a cable.
The incident occurred in Augusta County, Virginia near Staunton, while a crew from Irby Construction were cutting high tension overhead wires. Police reports indicate that Dustin Killen, 22, was working from an Altec platform cutting the cables along with colleagues in other lifts. One of the wires apparently whipped back and sliced the dual buckets from the boom.
The contractor was working for Dominion Virginia Power it has sent an investigator to the scene to join the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration and police in their investigations.