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Authorities Update Worker Electrocuted At The Port Of Wilmington

Wilmington Fire Department
Wilmington Fire Department

At 9:43 this morning, Wilmington Firefighters on the A platoon were alerted for an injured worker on the roof of Building-A at 1 Hausel Road, Port of Wilmington, according to Battalion Chief John Looney.

Looney said initial reports indicated a worker was electrocuted while working on the roof of a warehouse. Deputy Chief James Jobes arrived on scene, assumed command, and utilized the WFD Special Operations Team to affect the rescue due to the hazardous location of the patient, weather/wind conditions, and complicated removal from the roof.

Initial Fire and EMS crews quickly made contact with the patient, an approximately 50-year-male worker, located on the roof of a two story warehouse with the only access being the exterior stair case, which could not be used for patient removal due to the steep angle.

The special operations rescue team utilized Tower Ladder # 3 to make access to the roof. The team packaged the patient in a rescue stokes basket and secured the basket to the Tower Ladder. The patient was then lowered to awaiting EMS personnel. The patient was transported to the Christiana Hospital for further evaluation. The scene was placed under control at 10:16 AM by the Deputy Chief James Jobes.

Wilmington Fire Department

Breaking Report

Wilmington – Firefighters from the Wilmington Fire Department, along with medics from New Castle County Paramedics have responded to the unit block of Hausel Road at the Port of Wilmington for reports of a electrocution.

Upon arrival, crews have found one patient injured on the roof of the building.

Crews are working to raise a tower truck bucket up to the roof.

Trooper 4 (Delaware State Police Aviation) is en route to the scene.

Update: The patient has been removed from the roof and will be transported by ground (PA -1, Medic 3). Trooper 4 has been recalled.


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