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Today is a very sad day for arlington county and for arlington county government. James bia, an arlingtonian and a member of our county staff for 24 years was killed today, apparently electrocuted as he helped another employee remove temporary lighting that made it possible for crews to work through the night to repair a broken water main.
A second worker injured in the incident was transported by medstar to an area hospital. We are withholding his name for privacy reasons. We were nearing completion of the work and they were removing lights because they were no longer needed because of daylight. There were no actual eyewitnesses to the scene and the investigation is ongoing.
The incident is still under investigation by the police department, our risk management, uh arlington county risk management and virginia osha and they're treating this as an industrial accident. However, I don't know at this time. You know if there were any safety violations at all again that will come from the investigation by osha and risk management and police department.
He's a type of guy like a lot of the folks that we have in des who, who are generally unrecognized for the work they do working through the night and conditions which most people find deplorable last night in the trench with with water he's a type person who's out plowing snow. It's also the type of person that you're not finding complaining about the work he loved his family, he loved his co-workers, he loved working for the county, it's an enormous loss, it's an absolutely enormous loss for us when you're saying. Thank you on thanksgiving.
Remember the folks who are providing service that people don't think about. You know the folks that are providing the water and they're making sure that the storage is taken away and that the roads are safe to be on and that the people are there to serve. I think it's! If nothing else. It's a poignant reminder about how dangerous the job really is, and sometimes that gets forgotten.