ROBESON COUNTY, NC (WMBF) – A lineman died after being electrocuted while working on a line Wednesday morning in Robeson County, according to Sheriff Ken Sealey.
The lineman who died has been identified as 24-year-old Matt Simpson, according to Stephanie Chavis, the Robeson County Fire Marshall and Emergency Management Director.
The accident happened around 11 a.m. on Fire Tower Road in the Fairmont area. Simpson was rushed to Southeastern Regional Medical Center in Lumberton, where he later died, Sealey said.
Employees were changing out a power pole when the accident occurred, according to Jason Tyson with the North Carolina Department of Labor. While moving a "primary neutral" type power pole, there was an arc down through the pole to the ground, near where Simpson was standing, Tyson confirmed.
Sealey added Simpson was the only one injured in the incident. He was working with East Coast Electric in Pembroke.
OSHA is investigating the lineman's death, Tyson added.