FOREST PARK, Ill. — A worker was hospitalized after falling during electrical work in the western suburbs.
The incident happened around 2 p.m. at the intersection of 16th and Circle Ave in Forest Park.
A contract worker for ComEd was 30 feet above the ground in a cherry picker. A crane was lifting a large metal utility pole and trying to maneuver it into its base. A portion of this tower then fell from the crane, hitting a live power line. That in turn then hit an elevated boom lift, tipping the cherry picker basket.
The worker fell the 30 feet to the ground. Two other poles also snapped.
Power went out to nearby business and an outage in the area affected more than 2,000 customers for about an hour.
Paramedics brought the worker to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood.
At this time, there has not been an update on the worker’s condition.
ComEd said they are investigating what happened and that safety is a top priority.
The Village of Forest Park released a statement saying their thoughts and prayers are with this injured worker and his family.