A worker cleaning up debris in Ship Bottom was hurt in an electrical accident Monday morning, officials said.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the incident involving an employee of Clay Mohon Mowing, a subcontractor for a company completing cleanup work on Long Beach Island following Hurricane Sandy, said Joanna Hawkins, spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Labor.
There was no information available about the man’s condition, Hawkins and others said.
Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Executive Assistant Prosecutor Michael Paulhus wrote in an email Monday afternoon that the worker was collecting debris and was accidentally shocked. He was airlifted to a hospital for emergency medical treatment after suffering serious injuries. The hospital was not identified.
Hawkins wrote in an email that AshBritt Inc., of Deerfield Beach, Fla., is the general contractor who subcontracted the job to Clay Mohon Mowing. AshBritt Inc. was the subject of an OSHA inspection that took place in the Boston region in 2011, Hawkins said.
Clay Mohon does not have an inspection history in OSHA Region 2, which is New York and New Jersey, but the company does have an inspection history out of Region 4, the Atlanta Region, where there was an incident involving a fatality, Hawkins said.
Reached by phone Monday afternoon, Mohon said he is in New Jersey but was not at the work site when the employee was injured. He said he was unaware of the employee’s condition.
In a Monday afternoon news release, OSHA called on employers involved in Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts to ensure their workers are aware of all hazards they might encounter and know what steps they should take to protect themselves.
The release stated that hazards include downed electrical wires, carbon monoxide and electrical hazards from portable generators.
Jared Moskowitz, general counsel for AshBritt Inc., said the company was notified Monday as soon as the incident happened. He confirmed the unidentified man was transported to a hospital but said there were no other details available.
The company had no further comment pending an internal review and investigation into the incident that is taking place now, he said.
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