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Struthers PD dispatcher shocked while on the job

Published: Mon, February 10, 2014 @ 7:12 p.m.

Mayor plans to address leaking pipe that caused accident

Struthers PD dispatcher shocked while on the job


The city is looking into an accident involving a Struthers Police Department dispatcher who received an electric shock while on the job.

Ed Wildes, the city’s safety service director, said the incident occurred some time late Thursday or early Friday in the dispatcher’s office, located in the basement of city hall. A leaking pipe had apparently dripped water onto the desk there, and when the dispatcher attempted to push a plug farther into an electrical outlet, he received the shock.

Mayor Terry Stocker added that the dispatcher hit his head against the wall, possibly suffering a concussion, and has since filed a workers’ compensation claim regarding the accident.

The dispatcher is alright, though, Wildes said. He took some accumulated vacation time, and will be back to work on Wednesday.

Also back to work Wednesday is Stocker, who was out of town when the incident occurred, but has said he will fully address the issue when he returns.

As of Monday, Stocker hadn’t yet had the chance to speak with the injured dispatcher, but said he was “obviously very concerned” about his condition.

Stocker said he also plans to look into the leaking pipe that caused the accident. He added that to his knowledge, the problem consisted of “just a small drip,” and that something had been placed underneath to catch any leaking water.

In addition, the problem was already in the process of being taken care of, and estimates were being obtained from numerous area plumbing companies. “We will remedy these situations to make sure we have a safe working environment for all employees,” Stocker said.


1Aware(247 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

This needs to be investigated. Wildes in incompetent. Two deaths within the past year and now this? Something is very wrong....

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2redeye1(5167 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

@samtam Something tells me that is what happens where you work. If a person gets injured they should have the rights as anyone else.

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3Shamrock29(20 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

Samlam...you're a genius! Did you figure that out all by yourself? We need someone like you at the BWC.

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4hvacguy(33 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

Pure stupidity on the parts of everyone involved here.

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5zebratank2006(16 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

Shocker! Ed Wildes and Terry Stocker aren't taking accountability for any of this. Stocker...did you really just blame it on "just a small drip"? And the only way the city employees will have a safe working environment is if they have a new mayor and a new safety service director.

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