Rochester Man Electrocuted, Dies

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An Ontario County man died after he cut into a power line while sawing limbs from a tree that had fallen in his back yard. Full Story

United States

#1 Jul 16, 2007
Nice that RG&E closed the barn door after the horse escaped

Clyde, NY

#2 Jul 16, 2007
RG&E doesn't often take care of limb problems with any degree of urgency. I called three years running trying to get limbs which were pulling down lines trimmed. A foreman came out SIX times and told me that the limbs weren't causing any problems as far as he was concerned. Each time, I called his superior who reiterated each that if limbs are "touching" power lines, RG&E is required to trim them. I finally gave up and cut the tree myself. I'm sure if I had electrocuted myself, RG&E would have had the same response they have to this poor man's death.

Since: Jul 07

Buffalo, NY

#3 Jul 16, 2007
While, I'm sorry that man died, the problem area was in the backyard. Unless it was a true emergency, the man should not have been using a chainsaw around the power lines.
I understand your frustration in your story Outsider. In 1988, a tree limb fell on power lines to the house next door to us, draping the lines right on our car, which was parked in our driveway. It took Niagara Mohawk 6 hours to get out and take care of the wires, despite my telling them I had 3 little kids in the house and if I needed my car, I couldn't move it.

Chicago Heights, IL

#4 Jul 17, 2007
I'm sorry to hear that. I give my blessings to the family. It was just a mishap that happened.

West Palm Beach, FL

#5 Jul 21, 2007
I'm quite upset by this story. I don't care if it is Sunday a high electricity wire shouldn't have been left hanging for two whole days.


#6 Jul 21, 2007
Dick Marion, a spokesman for RG&E, said an emergency crew was called immediately after the electrocution and arrived at about 4:30 p.m.
They waited till after to get someone out there? How messed up is that?

United States

#7 Jul 21, 2007
That's horrible that that happened but who in their right mind, knowing the power lines are in the tree that just fell try to cut it up? I know the story said something about a kennel but come on, if there were dogs in it and they were ok, I would have just let it alone.

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