Apr 292017

This is a photo of an arc flash from the internet.

On Thursday morning, a United Illuminating (UI) workman was performing routine meter maintenance at the Trader Joe’s Plaza 550 Boston Post Road in the section that houses LL Bean, Weight Watchers and Talbot’s.

According to Fire Marshal Tim Smith, there was an arc flash from the electrical circuit — described as a type of electrical explosion.

The worker was badly burned and brought to the Bridgeport Hospital Burn Center for treatment — his status is unknown.

For safety reasons, power to the entire plaza was shut off for several hours while the UI safety people and OSHA investigated the incident and UI crews eventually worked on the lines and restored power to most of the businesses from Trader Joe’s to at least Julia’s Bakery.


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