OSHA investigates lightning death of AC worker
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - September 16, 2011 (WPVI) -- OSHA has begun its investigation into yesterday's tragedy at the Revel construction site in Atlantic City. A worker was killed when he was struck by lightning. One worker remains hospitalized.
Frank Lugo was on the eighth floor roof at the Revel Casino construction site when lightning struck. Lugo was one of 4 men holding a bucket pouring concrete. He was not injured and two others were able to walk down.
However, despite the best efforts of paramedics administering CPR, 40-year-old Brian Bradley of Linwood died.
"It was a loud pop, almost like a firecracker, a loud bang, and a blue light. We all jumped back. Bradley was the only one that didn't jump back. It seemed surreal; it seemed fake like it wasn't happening to us. How could this happen to us?" Lugo said.
Lugo says he and the others were on overtime when the fast moving storm hit. Others Action News spoke with said they had already left for the day and the job should have stopped till the storm past.
"He made his decision to work. You're responsible for your own safety, but somebody should have said something. Tragedy could have been averted. It's a shame," carpenter John Hoban said.
"We all work together as union people and it's very sad that this man had to pass away the way he passed away," carpenter Walt Wright said.
Bryan Bradley leaves behind a wife and two young children.
"He was a very hardworking, very dedicated individual that was doing a good job," Eric Wilcox of Laborers Union Local 415 said.
Revel Entertainment said it extends condolences to the family, but had no further comment today.
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