BGE worker hurt as falling transformer bounces off truck, strikes him on head

September 10, 1996

A Westminster man employed by Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. was injured Saturday when an electrical transformer, which was under repair, fell, bounced off a utility truck and struck him on the head, state police and company officials said.

Thomas M. Harrison, 35, of the 900 block of Wampler Lane was treated and released about 2: 45 a.m. Sunday from the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, a hospital official said. He returned to work yesterday, a BGE spokeswoman said.

Harrison was working in the 800 block of Woodside Drive in Eldersburg when the accident occurred at 7: 25 p.m., state police said.

Harrison was standing behind a utility truck when a transformer that was being lowered by a co-worker fell, the spokeswoman said. After bouncing off the truck, the transformer struck and split Harrison's hard hat, she said.

Harrison, an overhead lineman for BGE for about five years, received five stitches, but his safety hat prevented a more serious injury, the spokeswoman said.

An investigation of the accident is continuing, she said.

Fire

Reese: Firefighters from Gamber assisted Reese at 1: 27 a.m. Saturday, responding to a fire alarm in the 2200 block of Baltimore Blvd. Units were out 31 minutes.

Westminster: Firefighters from Reese assisted Westminster at 9: 03 p.m. Saturday, responding for a garage fire in the 1600 block of Carriage Hill Drive. Units were out 37 minutes.

Westminster: Firefighters responded at 12: 37 p.m. Sunday for burning electrical wires in the 700 block of Washington Road. Units were out 10 minutes.

Police

Westminster: A resident of Eagles Court told city police that someone broke a window on her vehicle while it was parked outside her residence before 9: 05 a.m Friday and stole personal items. The loss was estimated at $580.

Westminster: A resident of West Main Street told city police that someone broke into his apartment and stole personal property Friday. The loss was estimated at $784.

Westminster: A resident of West Main Street told city police that someone stole her moped while it was parked behind her residence before 10 a.m. Saturday. The loss was estimated at $604.

Westminster: An employee of the state health department told city police that someone damaged a vehicle while it was parked outside her office in the 300 block of N. Center St. between 2: 30 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. Sunday. Damage was estimated at $500.

Finksburg: A resident told state police that someone stole his 1978 Chevrolet truck, Maryland tags 220487, while it was parked in his driveway in the 3900 block of Gamber Road before 1 p.m. Friday. The amount of the loss was not determined.

Westminster: A resident told state police that someone stole a 1984 Ford Tempo while it was parked outside his home in the first block of of Washington Lane before 12 p.m. Friday. The amount of the loss was unknown.

Westminster: A resident of the first block of Fitzhugh Drive told state police that someone cut the canvas top of his Jeep while it was parked outside his home between 12 a.m. and 5: 30 p.m. Aug. 27. A bag with 40 compact discs was stolen from the vehicle. The loss was estimated at $600.

Westminster: A resident of the 2800 block of Old Taneytown Road told state police that someone stole a generator from the back of his truck while it was parked outside his residence between 11 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m. Friday. The loss was estimated at $600.

Pub Date: 9/10/96

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