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Maintenance worker dies at Norfolk supercharger

Discussion in 'Charging Standards and Infrastructure' started by yobigd20, Aug 18, 2015.

  1. yobigd20

    yobigd20 Well-Known Member

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    Oh no, very sad :(
     
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    Sad news. Title should make it clear it was a worker that died though.
     
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    Agree, sad. Actually the thread title is more sensationalist than the press; that could be a first. That TV report confirmed that cause of death is unknown so far.

    Edit: guess a Mod changed it. Thanks.
     
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    I adjusted the thread title. Hopefully it is more appropriate now.
    Yes, sad news.

     
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    I was trying out my media headline grabbing skills.

    Sad news though. I guess he was trying to turn them on? Wasn't it set to have a grand opening tomorrow?
     
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    While definitely sad, I've seen the innards of several supercharging stations. Especially at this point in the setup (grand opening scheduled for tomorrow means it's done) I really have no idea how it's possible someone was electrocuted. I have a feeling that the whole electrocution thing may be incorrect and just assumed since it's a charging station.
     
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    People have actually charged at this location over the weekend, FWIW. I was planning to try to attend the grand opening tomorrow.

    The NBC affilliate has an eyewitness account, but it doesn't really add anything useful.

    The local newspaper report also adds little, other than reporting that the feed was cut at the transformer, which I suppose one would expect.
     
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    From the reports, the current status is undetermined death. Death by electrocution seems to be speculation from the reporters. The reports do say he was working behind the fence with all the power equipment though.
     
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    #11 Drucifer, Aug 18, 2015
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    Very sad.

    It's not necessarily electrocution, though, could be a heart attack, heat stroke or something.
     
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    Unfortunate. Hopefully not electrical.
     
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    Grand opening cancelled

    There was a tragic accident earlier today involving a contractor performing final installation at our new Norfolk Supercharger station. We have cancelled tomorrow’s opening event. Thank you for your understanding.
    [Tesla]<http://www.teslamotors.com/?elq=f3bfa1aa6ba3409688a5aed0aa96ab6a&elqCampaignId=4668&elqaid=5219&elqat=1&elqTrackId=34afdab586b54a86863fcf9faa05ec16>
    August 18, 2015
     
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    Tesla's email described the incident as "an accident" which suggests they have information about it. It also appears that this was to be the 500th U.S. Supercharger, which they presumably intended to be the subject of entirely different press coverage. Very sad news.
     
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    Actually 500th global supercharger. 212th in the USA.
     
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    Of course, you are right. Apparently I can type faster than I can think.
     
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    Was the same grand opening type of number for the Hamilton, NJ supercharger, the 100th in the world at the time I believe.
     

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