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Two construction workers electrocuted when a boom truck struck a power line where they were working

Two construction workers die after they were electrocuted when a boom truck struck a power line where they were working

  • Richard Hockaday, 37, and Gerald Anderson, 39, died around 8:30am Monday on Sebastian Court in Palm Coast
  • Pair were laying concrete foundations on a house for subcontractor Nomad LLC
  • A boom truck hit the power line they were working on and the men were hit with 13,000 volts of electricity and they died instantly
  • The power was also knocked out to several homes in the area

By Hannah Parry For Dailymail.com

Published: 02:04 EDT, 9 October 2018 | Updated: 13:32 EDT, 9 October 2018

Two Florida construction workers were electrocuted to death after a truck hit the power line they were working on.

Richard Hockaday, 37, and Gerald Anderson, 39, died around 8:30am Monday on Sebastian Court in Palm Coast.

Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly said the pair, who worked for subcontractor Nomad LLC, were laying the concrete foundation for a new house when the boom truck struck the power line.

Richard Hockaday, 37, (left) and Gerald Anderson, 39, (right) died around 8:30am Monday on Sebastian Court in Palm Coast.

Courtesy: News4Jax

'(The victims) were on either side of the truck on the ground, one worker was controlling the boom with a tethered remote, the other worker was cleaning out the truck in the boom with water,' Staly told Click Orlando.

'(The electricity) went through the boom, through the truck, and because they were touching the truck, it went onto them.'

Both men were hit with 13,000 volts of electricity. They died instantly. The power was also knocked out to several homes in the area.

Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly said the pair, who worked for subcontractor Nomad LLC, were laying the concrete foundation for a new house when the boom truck (pictured) struck the power line

Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly said the pair, who worked for subcontractor Nomad LLC, were laying the concrete foundation for a new house when the boom truck (pictured) struck the power line

The Flagler County Sheriff's Office on the scene at Sebastian Court after the industrial accident

The Flagler County Sheriff's Office on the scene at Sebastian Court after the industrial accident

A witness saw the industrial accident from a nearby bus stop and called 911.

'Yeah the (power) line is actually on him, so (the other construction workers) are not near him. It doesn't, it doesn't look very good,' the woman said in the recording of the call.

Three other nearby workers were not injured.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration have been contacted and will likely investigate.

'It's one of those things in the construction industry, or any industry, you know, you can have accidents and, of course, no one is expecting this today,' Staly said.

'Our condolences go to the family and the loved ones and the workers that were here working with them. It's a tragic day that you hope never occurs on your construction site.'

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