The New York Post reported recently that a tragic construction-site accident led to the electrocution of a female ironworker at the Mineola station of the Long Island Railroad on the morning of Saturday, March 13, 2021.
According to information provided by representatives of the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) and the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR), the incident took place between 9:15 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on Saturday, March 13, 2021.at Mineola Station, one of the Long Island Rail Road’s busiest commuter stations located in the village of Mineola in Nassau County. A work crew was working on building a new pedestrian bridge at the station, the LIRR’s eighth-busiest station on the busy commuter line, when a crane hit a high voltage power line, creating a contact point that caused an arc to the bridge. This electrocuted a woman who was a contract employee working on the bridge.
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The woman was rushed to a local hospital in critical condition. The incident was the second serious incident to occur on the construction site this week after a crew became trapped in a signal tower during a demolition project. “We have launched a full investigation into this incident and are reviewing all safety protocols and procedures on site. All work on the project has stopped pending the investigation,” stated an MTA official.