One person seriously injured following a tree trimming accident at a residence in the Green Sands Subdivision in Na'alehu late Friday morning (August 21st).
Published by: HIRSC - Hawaii Island (Holualoa) Team
The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) responded to a report of a person electrocuted following a tree trimming accident at a residence in the Green Sands Subdivision in Na'alehu late Friday afternoon (August 21st).
The initial call came in at 11:44 am Friday morning and HFD crews from the Pahala and Na'alehu Fire Stations along with Chopper 2 from the South Kohala Fire Station and HPD officers from the Ka'u Patrol responded to the scene located 94-6200 block of Puka Street in the Green Sands Subdivision in Na'alehu.
Upon the arrival of emergency crews, reports came tree trimmer (described a male in his 40's) had cut a branch that made contact with an electrical transmission line (high voltage) and was electrocuted and the male party then fell approximately 30-feet down to the ground. Co-workers at the scene immediately began providing basic medical care until emergency crews arrived at the scene. The male patient, who was conscious, suffered numerous traumatic injuries and visible electrical burns as a result of the incident.
Once emergency crews arrived at the scene, HFD Medics began advance medical treatment and transported the male to the Pahala Community Park to rendezvous with Chopper 2, who later transported to the male to the Hilo Medical Center in serious condition for further medical treatment.
HPD continues to investigate the incident.