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"Safety on the Line" TLC Video

Gary Norland had worked as an equipment operator, lineman, foreman, and superintendent, when he started work at a local mill that produced its own electricity. One Friday afternoon, storms had gone through, and his crew was investigating outages. However, Gary and his co-workers were more focused on plans for the weekend than the job at hand—their work near overhead power lines. As Gary leaned back, he came into contact with 12,500 volts of electricity.

After the accident, Gary spent four months in the hospital. He went through excruciating graftingprocesses because he had 15 exit wounds and suffered burns across 37% of his body. He has undergone more than 50 surgeries, and more surgeries are expected.Gary and his family are working with Safe Electricity's 2013 "Teach Learn Care TLC" campaign to help prevent others from having accidents with overhead power lines and to keep other families from having to go through such a tragic experience.

Gary urges people to take the time to be safe both on the job and at home.

 


 

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