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Painter in Cherrypicker Electrocuted

According to reports from the scene, the man and the basket of the cherry picker caught on fire and burned for several minutes.

A painter was electrocuted as he worked in a cherrypicker in Westchester today. Patch photo credit: Renee Schiavone.
A painter was electrocuted as he worked in a cherrypicker in Westchester today. Patch photo credit: Renee Schiavone.

A painter in a cherry picker was electrocuted in Westchester today.

The accident at 6645 W. 86th Place was reported at 2:34 p.m., Brian Humphrey of the fire department said.

According to reports from the scene, the man and the basket of the cherry picker caught on fire and burned for several minutes. Cal/OSHA will be in charge of the investigation.

Firefighters waited for electricity to Southern California Edison lines to be cut off in the area before moving the cherry picker, Humphrey said. The man was declared dead at 4:54 p.m., and the body was turned over to coroner's investigators, he said.

Authorities temporarily closed 86th Place between Emerson and McConnell avenues to accommodate firefighters.

--City News Service


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