MIDDLEBURY — Two Green Mountain Power workers were injured in Middlebury today.
Police were dispatched to a reported industrial accident in the area of 390 Blake Roy Road at around 10:30 a.m.
The two GMP lineman were injured when the utility pole that they were working on suddenly broke.
Preliminary investigation indicates that lineman Josh McLean, of Brandon, and Jared Allen, of Bristol, were removing three phase lines from a utility pole and had begun to send equipment to the ground level when the pole suddenly broke at its base.
The pole then fell striking a tracked vehicle and broke a second time.
Allen landed on the ground adjacent to the pole, and McLean landed on the ground with the pole partially on top of him.
McLean and Allen were assisted immediately by other GMP workers, then by Middlebury Technical Rescue and volunteers from the Salisbury Fire Department.
Middlebury Rescue personnel stabilized both men prior to transport.
Middlebury Rescue and a Life – Flight Helicopter provided transport to area hospitals.
According to the report, both McLean and Allen were properly wearing approved safety harnesses while they worked more than 50 feet above the ground when the incident occurred.
It is believed that internal damage to the wooden pole is a main contributing factor of this accident.