State investigates death of electrician hurt on job

October 13, 2006|By Annie Linskey | Annie Linskey,SUN REPORTER

Officials from the Maryland Office of Safety and Health were investigating yesterday the death of an electrician who was killed while working at a downtown office building.

Michael Hembree, 35, of Clinton was installing a light switch Wednesday shortly after 10 p.m. in an office building at 7 St. Paul St. when something went wrong, according to Matt Selmer, his business partner.

A person working with him "heard the sound of an electrical pop," according Officer Nicole Monroe, a Baltimore police spokeswoman. Believing that Hembree had received an electrical shock, the man, called for help, Monroe said.

Hembree was taken to Mercy Medical Center, where he was declared dead at 10:50 p.m., police said.

Hembree and Selmer started M&M Power seven years ago. The company, based in Annapolis Junction, does electrical work for commercial businesses and has 23 employees. Selmer said that Hembree usually works as a project manager and usually doesn't go into the field. The company has been so busy lately that he pitched in, he said.

Hembree was married and had four children.

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