Louisville utility director OK after lightning shock

Friday, June 28, 2013 12:38 AM
Last updated 1:23 AM
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The superintendent of Louisville, Ga.’s utility department has been released from Doctors Hospital’s Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta and is expected to return to work today after he and another worker were shocked by lightning while repairing a broken water line.

“He is a little stiff and sore, but other than that, there are no residual effects and Ronnie Jones is recovering nicely from his injuries,” Louisville city administrator Ricky Sapp said of his utility director Thursday.

Sapp said electricity traveled through metal piping and struck Jones in the elbow around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the city’s water plant, while the supervisor was working on an 8-inch break in the main line with a contract worker.

Sapp said the worker refused treatment, but Jones, who had no visible signs of a burn, was taken to the hospital as a precaution.

Louisville city policy requires all workers to stay away from water when they hear thunder or see lightning.

Sapp said the two men saw a rain cloud approach, but never heard thunder or saw lightning.

“It is just one of those rare situations,” Sapp said. “There were no thunder rumblings in the distant. The lightning just popped up and intensified quickly.”

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nocnoc 06/28/13 - 07:21 am
Have had relatives that worked the DH Burn Unit.

I asked them about such accidents, not this case in particular, and I reaffirmed a few things.

A person may have only a penny size burn mark/hole at a exit point and have internal burns or organ damage that does not appear for hours or more.

Little Lamb
Little Lamb 06/28/13 - 09:50 am
Common Nomenclature

Doctors Hospital’s Joseph M. Still Burn Center

How many years must an institution exist before it acquires a short, common name easily spoken, quickly typed, yet instantly recognizable?

I wish The Augusta Chronicle style book would be edited such that when they report on a story such as this one, the facility would be called the Still Burn Center in print. The current name is entirely too unwieldy.

The double possessive is just too creepy for me.

corgimom 06/29/13 - 11:01 am
Agreed, LL! My thoughts

Agreed, LL! My thoughts exactly!

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