Two men working on a driveway paving crew were seriously injured in Burlington Tuesday after they came into contact with electrical wires and were electrocuted, officials said.
Burlington police and fire responded to the area of 8 Carey Ave. at 8:12 a.m. for a report of injured road workers and found two injured men, said Burlington Fire Chief Michael Patterson and Burlington Police Chief Thomas P. Browne in a statement.
Browne told reporters at a briefing that the homeowner “was looking out the window at the time” and called 911 immediately.
“This allowed Burlington Fire to arrive at the scene within minutes, and allowed Burlington Police to immediately reassign detail officers who were working at another worksite nearby,” according to the statement.
Fire and police responded extremely quickly, which allowed the victims to receive “the medical attention they needed,” Browne added.
“First responders determined that the two men had been electrocuted. Emergency procedures were immediately implemented to ensure safety for other workers in the area, motorists, and responding police and fire units,” according to the statement.
The workers, whose identities were not released, were treated at the scene and taken by Burlington fire ambulances to area hospitals with serious injuries, according to the statement.
Assistant Burlington Fire Chief Andrew Connerty told reporters that the first worker had severe burns across the head and the body. The second worker had a serious burn on one hand, according to the statement.
The first worker was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital and the second was taken to Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington, Connerty said.
The first victim, a 20-year-old man, was electrocuted while operating a skid-steer loader, according to the statement. The second worker was electrocuted when he tried to help the other worker, officials said.
The second worker was a 35-year-old man, said Tom Zuppa, a department spokesman, in a brief telephone interview.
An initial investigation found that the two workers “were injured when a dump truck bucket made contact with a 13,800-volt electrical wire,” according to the statement. Zuppa declined to share the name of the private contractor.
“It’s unfortunate that they received any injuries at all but ... to know that they were awake and conscious at the time is certainly good news,” Browne said. “The great news is that it sounds like both of these victims will be OK.”
Occupational Safety and Health Administration from Andover, Eversource, and State Police also responded to the scene, Zuppa said.
The incident is still under investigation by OSHA, Burlington police detectives, and State Police detectives working with the Middlesex County District Attorney’s office, Browne said.
Carey Avenue, a residential side street, was closed between Meadowvale Road and Marion Road, according to the statement. Officials advised residents that an emergency crew will be in the neighborhood for most of the day.