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Philadelphia Worker Dies After Electrocution, Fall From Building

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Authorities in Philadelphia say a worker was electrocuted at a construction site in the Fairmount section of the city Monday afternoon.

Police say the man was working on a home under renovation at 20th and Parrish streets at about 1: 30 p.m. when a hook connected to his cement bucket came in contact with an electric wire.

Police say the man, identified by family as Andres Cano, plummeted from the fourth level of scaffolding to the ground.

“He hit the ground and we all just started calling 9-1-1,” said witness, Mercedes Stephens.

The man, who was about 30 years old, according to family members, was pronounced dead at the scene.

L&I says Cano’s death was a workplace accident and the property had no recent violations. OSHA will be investigating the accident.

Meanwhile, family members of Cano say a candlelight vigil will be held at the construction site at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

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