Thursday, July 3, 2008


From the Miami Herald:

Working 49 stories above the ground, two construction workers were zapped by what officials described as ”static shock” when they touched a crane.

The accident happened at the corner of Bayshore Drive and 20th Street, shortly before 4 p.m. Wednesday — 30 minutes after weather officials said the storm had passed.

After lightning was reported in the area, the construction company, Bovis Lend Lease, suspended work for 20 minutes — as is their policy — said Ignatius Carroll, spokesman for Miami Fire-Rescue.

But once the 20-minute break was over, the two construction workers, both men in their 20s, went back to their task: loading a crane from the 49th floor of a building under construction.

When the men touched the crane, they were knocked to their feet and disoriented by the ”static shock,” Carroll said.

The pair were taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital to make sure they had no internal injuries. One man reported a tingling feeling in his legs, but both were able to walk after the accident.

That’s one hell of a carpet shock.