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Worker rescued from electrified machine in Roslindale

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ROSLINDALE, Mass. (WHDH) - A worker in Roslindale spent nearly an hour trapped on heavy equipment after he struck a buried power line Wednesday.

“It wasn’t buried as deep as they thought it was. It was live so it caused a little bit of a arcing and a fire problem,” Boston District Fire Chief Michael Feely said.

It took an hour for NStar to respond and cut off power to the street. The whole time the employee had to stay put.

“As long as I stay on the machine I’m safe. We do safety classes on this and the protocol is to wait for these type of problems,” Steve, the worker, said after he was cleared to get off the machine.

Power lines are required to be buried three feet below the surface, but because the road they were working on is older, the line was not buried as deep as it should have been.
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