He died at the scene. Rescue personnel had to wait for nearly two hours to retrieve his body, until PG&E could shut off electricity to the site and ensure it was safe to approach.
“PG&E quickly de-energized the line,” spokeswoman Tamar Sarkissian said. “However, they had to take the additional precautionary step of grounding the line to make sure the scene was safe for first responders who would be working near the lines. Grounding the line ensures that no residual electricity remains.”
Cal-OSHA was expected to investigate the death, which is being treated as a workplace accident, authorities said.