KISSIMMEE, Fla., August 7, 2011 – A high-voltage electrical transformer exploded Sunday morning at a Kissimmee Utility Authority substation, leaving one contractor dead and two utility employees with second and third-degree burns.
The three were performing maintenance on a 230,000/69,000-volt transformer at the utility’s Clay Street Substation (map: http://bit.ly/nObNAn) at 9:14 am when the unit exploded, resulting in a large fire that destroyed the transformer and four vehicles parked nearby. No power outages were reported as a result of the accident.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families right now,” said Jim Welsh, KUA’s president and general manager. “This is a tragic event and a difficult time for all of us.”
The contractor, an employee of Reinhausen, was pronounced dead at the scene by Osceola County emergency officials. The two utility employees were airlifted to Orlando Regional Medical Center in Orlando for treatment.
The transformer was a new piece of equipment, having only been in service a few months at the substation.
The accident is under investigation.
Founded in 1901, KUA (http://kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric and telecommunication services to 64,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.
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Chris M. Gent