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Worker electrocuted at South Jordan construction site

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Posted at 1:53 PM, Jan 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-04 19:49:07-05

SOUTH JORDAN, Utah — A worker contracted by Rocky Mountain Power was killed Monday morning after being accidentally electrocuted in South Jordan.

50-year-old Herriman resident Shaun Robertson was killed while working on an underground conduit between electrical switch gear boxes in front of the Warren's restaurant at 3754 West 11400 South.

Robertson was authorized to be on the site when he was electrocuted. Rocky Mountain Power and investigators are gathering evidence to determine how he came into contact with the electrified equipment that led up to his death.

"We don't know what happened leading up to the incident," said South Jordan City public information officer Rachael Van Cleave. "What we do know is at this point there were no witnesses, and nobody's come forward with any additional information."

South Jordan emergency crews were called to the Warren's restaurant just after 8 a.m.

"That was for what appeared to be an accidental electrocution," Van Cleave said. "Our crews who arrived on scene did see a gentleman there that was near a large Rocky Mountain Power box. That official cause is still under investigation, but that's what it appears to be at this point."

Rocky Mountain Power crews were on the scene to restore power lost to the surrounding area. Over 2,000 people lost power before it was brought back about an hour later.

South Jordan Police, alongside RMP and Utah Occupational Safety and Health, have begun an investigation into how Robertson came into contact with the electrified equipment that caused his death.

"We don't have any additional updates at this point, but we do want to say that our hearts go out to that family," Van Cleave added.