A contractor working near the SCI Mercer prison has died after an electrical shock, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections.
The accident happened around 8:10 a.m. Thursday outside of the perimeter of the Mercer County prison.
According to the Department of Corrections, the worker was cleaning the facility’s diesel fuel tank when the worker came in contact with a high tension wire, leading to the shock.
Facility staff responded immediately and performed CPR until EMS arrived.
The contractor was pronounced dead at 8:41 a.m. by SCI Mercer medical staff in conjunction with EMS staff.
The county coroner is investigating to determine the cause of death.
The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections is not releasing the worker’s name at this time.