MCKISSICK, DIMMITT, TENANT, CATLETT, WANAMAKER
Posted By: Cheryl Moonen (email)
Date: 9/28/2017 at 15:37:33
Sunday, July 7, 1918
Paper: Evening Nonpareil (Council Bluffs, Iowa)
FROM INSTANT DEATH
LLOYD M’KISSICK OF RIVERTON
COME IN CONTACT WITH
BODY DANGLES ON PLOE
Is at Work On Top of Pole-Held By
Safety Belt-Burns on Body-
Limpless Body Carried
HAMBURG, Ia., July 6 – There came near being a fatal accident Wednesday afternoon at the Tom Catlett corner one mile and a half east of town when Lloyd McKissick of Riverton came in contact with the high power electric wire. He was working with some other men, putting rackets on the cross arms for the placing of the third wire on the line. The corner pole on which he was working stands on a high hill and the wind was blowing quite hard.
The wind probably swayed him a little and the top of his cap came in contact with the wire. He gave a slight groan and fell helpless into his safety belt. Jack Tenant was standing at the next pole and observed him instantly. James Dimmitt was also nearby. Jack made a hasty ascent up the pole and released the belt, and with the help of Dimmitt lowered the unconscious form to the ground.
They at first thought he was dead, but observed a slight movement in his eyes. They placed him on an automobile cushion and began to perform artificial breathing. After twenty minutes their efforts were rewarded with success. He returned to unconsciousness without the slightest knowledge of what had happened.
In the meantime someone phoned for a doctor and Dr. Wanamaker arrived and brought Lloyd to town, where his wounds were dressed. There was one burn where the wire touched his head, one of his hand where he touched the cross arm and one on the leg he had swung around the pole.
They carried 6,600 volts and the wonder is the man was not killed instantly.
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