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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

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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.


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1samIam(211 comments)posted 5 months, 3 weeks ago

Public employees should not be allowed to collect workers compensation as no other public employee will argue the validity of another co-public worker claim.
In other words they all take turns filing claims as part of a strategic retirement scam errr plan!
Not sayn that this is a specific case ,but read between the lines.

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2Shamrock29(20 comments)posted 5 months, 3 weeks 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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3hvacguy(33 comments)posted 5 months, 3 weeks ago

Pure stupidity on the parts of everyone involved here.

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4zebratank2006(16 comments)posted 5 months, 3 weeks 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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