Burn injuries: Two electricians who were badly burned in a San Jose industrial fire on Saturday remain in critical condition in the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center burn unit.
• Two electrical workers were working on an electrical panel when a flash fire occurred.
• Both of the men suffered serious burn injuries and were hospitalized in a specialized burn unit.
• Both men remain in critical condition.
• Cal/OSHA is investigating the accident.
San Jose firefighters were dispatched to 71 Daggett Drive at 9 a.m. after a report of a flash fire, according to a report in the San Jose Mercury News.
San Jose fire Captain Reggie Williams said one of the electricians was unconscious on the ground and the other was walking around when firefighters arrived at the scene.
The men had been doing some electrical work on the property. They were connecting wires for the main building to an electrical panel when the fire broke out, Williams said.
“Some kind of flash fire occurred at the electrical box,” Williams told the Mercury News. “I don’t know if they crossed wires or what. It set both of the workers on fire. They were able to exit the immediate location and roll around on the ground to put the fire out.”
The men were transported to the burn unit at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in critical condition. One of them men suffered burn injuries over 65 percent of his body, while the the other was burned on about 30 percent of his body, the Mercury News reported in an update on Wednesday. Both men are still in critical condition.
San Jose police, Pacific Gas and Electric, and the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) were called to the scene to investigate the fire.
Cal/OSHA spokesman Greg Siggins said the agency is investigating the electricians’ employer, JAE Electric of Santa Clara. The probe could take up to six months to complete, Siggins said.
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