Two dead, two in critical care after electrocution in Kisumu
1 months ago, 10 Aug 18:46
Two men died and two other were seriously injured when a metallic ladder they were using to paint a four-storey building fell on a high voltage electricity line in Kisumu’s Car Wash Estate.
The two whose identities are yet to be revealed were pronounced dead on arrival at the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital (JOOTRH).
The JOOTRH Chief Executive Officer Peter Okoth said the two who survived were in critical condition, “We are doing everything we can to stabilize them.”
Witnesses said the 3.30pm the four were still fastening the ladder when it tripped on the high current line.
“They had not properly secured the ladder. Only a sisal rope tied to a window at the third floor was keeping them safe. It snapped when two men were at the top,” said Peter Omulakho, a welder near the scene of the incident.
He said the four were still extending the ladder upwards when it tipped.
“I saw the ladder slowly tip out of balance. The two men on the ground tried to hold it back but couldn’t. The next minute there was an explosion and the two men at the top were thrown off,” he said.
Kisumu Central OCPD Meshack Kiptum said investigations into the incident had been opened.
It was at the same building that a man was lynched after he butchered his teenage companion and stuffed her mutilated body in a suitcase last month.
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