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    Police Investigate Lineman's Death
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    Questions remain over the death of an electrical lineman in Flomaton yesterday.
    The man's employer says his death seems to be the result of a generator that was hooked up improperly.
    41 year-old Ronnie Adams, Junior of Georgia was found slumped over by his co-workers on this street yesterday.
    He was here as an employee of Pike Electric of North Carolina.
    His employer says an improperly hooked up generator likely backfed and electrocuted Adams...but Flomaton officials say that's merely speculation at this point.
    Mayor Dewey Bondurant/Flomaton: "They're not even sure it was a generator. They're not even sure of that. People are getting the wrong information. There were generators hooked up all down that street...and so...they don't know."

    Flomaton Police are conducting an investigation...along with the Madison County Sheriff's Office, while OSHA and Pike Electric are conducting their own independent investigations.

    No criminal charges are expected to be filed.

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    from Pensacola News Journal

    Published - July, 14, 2005
    Probable electrocution 3rd storm-related death
    Sean Smith
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    Generator safety precautions
    Customers using generators during an outage should never use a generator in an enclosed or partially enclosed space. Generators can produce high levels of carbon monoxide very quickly, which can lead to illness or death.

    Do not connect portable generators to household electrical wiring. This could cause serious injury to you and power employees working on the lines.

    Connect only essential appliances -- such as freezers and refrigerators -- directly to the generator.

    In the wake of Hurricane Dennis, a Georgia lineman working to restore power in Flomaton, Ala., near Century likely died of electrocution, officials said Wednesday.

    Ronnie Allen Adams Jr., 41, of Winterville, Ga., an employee of Pike Electric Inc. of Mount Airy, N.C., was found by co-workers slumped over in his bucket truck as he worked on Jackson Street about 4:55 p.m. Tuesday, the Flomaton Police Department reported.

    Co-workers attempted cardiopulmonary resuscitation until firefighters and emergency medical crews arrived minutes later. A Baptist Lifeflight helicopter arrived at 5:21 p.m. and flew Adams to Jay Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Flomaton police said.

    Dr. Andi Minyard, medical examiner for Northwest Florida District 1, said the preliminary cause of death was high-voltage electricity.

    The lineman's death is being investigated by Flomaton police, Pike Electric and Alabama Power, which was contracting work to Pike to help with storm relief.

    "We are deeply saddened by this death, and our sincere condolences go to the families," said Michael Sznajderman, spokesman for Alabama Power.

    It was the third storm-related death in the area since Hurricane Dennis struck Sunday. Two people were suspected of being killed in the Pensacola Bay Area by carbon monoxide poisoning stemming from improper use of portable generators.

    The cause of Tuesday's incident is under investigation, but the improper use of a generator has not been ruled out, police said. Improperly installed generators can become dangerous for linemen working to restore electricity, Alabama Power and Gulf Power officials said.

    Some homeowners have been plugging the generators through their meter boxes or into the house to provide electricity to appliances. That can send electricity back outside and energize lines that are supposed to be dead, Sznajderman said.

    Hurricanes Ivan and Dennis have prompted thousands to purchase portable generators, posing more of a potential problem for the 5,400 people working to restore power in Northwest Florida for Gulf Power, Alabama Power's sister company.

    Officials are asking residents not to connect generators into a home's wiring. They should plug appliances directly into the generator, said John Hutchinson, Gulf Power spokesman in Pensacola.

    "Electricity can also flow out the wire to the street. We have people out there working who think the lines are dead," Hutchinson said. "There are people who have opened up the box and started using a generator for the first time. Read the safety precautions. It could save their lives and save the lives of those who are working to restore electricity."


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