Thursday, July 13, 2017

Roofing worker Jerome B. Dean, 54, of Penns Grove, NJ electrocuted to death in Pennsville Township, Salem County, NJ after a metal ladder he was using touched charged electrical line


A roofing worker was killed after being shocked while installing a roof at a house in Pennsville Township, Salem County.

It happened around 1 p.m. Thursday on the 100 block of Highland Avenue.

Police say two workers were attempting to move a ladder when it came into contact with an electrical line.

Both were found lying on the ground when police arrived.

One of the workers, 54-year-old Jerome Dean of Penns Grove, was taken to Salem County Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

The second worker was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.


1 electrocuted, 1 hurt when ladder hits power line, police say

Updated on July 13, 2017 at 2:36 PM Posted on July 13, 2017 at 1:59 PM

By Bill Gallo Jr.

PENNSVILLE TWP., NJ-- One man was electrocuted and another hurt when a ladder they were handling came in contact with electric lines Thursday afternoon, police said.

The accident happened on Highland Avenue near Third Street, just before 1 p.m., according to Pennsville Chief of Police Allen J. Cummings.

Jerome B. Dean, 54, of Penns Grove and Travis Jackson, 29, of New Castle, Del., were working on a roofing job at the home, the chief said.

They were on the ground and it appears they were attempting to move a ladder when they hit the power lines and were shocked, officials said.

According to Cummings, first responders administered CPR to Dean at the scene and then took him to The Memorial Hospital of Salem County, Mannington Township.

Dean was pronounced dead at 1:47 p.m., the chief said.

Jackson suffered what were described by Cummings as non-life threatening injuries. He was taken to Christiana Hospital, Newark, Del.

Atlantic City Electric crews had been called to the scene.