TRAVERSE CITY — A worker died while performing electric utility work on Old Mission Peninsula.
Grand Traverse County sheriff's deputies and Peninsula Township Fire and EMS officials responded to an area near Center Road between Eagle Rise and Tompkins roads in Peninsula Township at about 11:30 a.m. Friday. They received calls concerning a "medical emergency involving electric shock," according to a sheriff's department Facebook post.
It appears the 51-year-old man died while completing utility work. Emergency responders transported him to Munson Medical Center where health workers pronounced him dead at 12:50 p.m., according to the Facebook post.
Personnel from a medical examiner's office and the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration soon will investigate the incident.
Sheriff's Lt. Brian Giddis said investigators did not immediately know what utility company the man worked for. Consumers Energy officials issued a press release Friday afternoon identifying the man as a journeyman lineworker who "received an electric shock from a 7,200 volt line."
"Consumers Energy is conducting a thorough investigation of the incident and cooperating with state and local agencies," the release states. "Our thoughts go out to the employee’s family, friends and coworkers. As we take the safety of our employees very seriously, our hearts hurt for our lost coworker.
"This is a sad and difficult day for everyone at Consumers Energy."
Deputies hope to release the man's name over the weekend, Giddis said.
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