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Worker electrocuted at Lead Mine Elementary School in Raleigh

A worker was electrocuted and killed at a Raleigh elementary school Wednesday, according to state authorities.

The N.C. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Division is investigating the fatal incident, according to Delores Quesenberry, director of communications for the department. The incident happened at Lead Mine Elementary School, at 8301 Old Lead Mine Road.

“We have limited details at this time, but based on preliminary information, the employee worked for Unique Environmental Energy Services Inc. and was working alone in the plant room when the accident happened,” she wrote in an email.

The employee was found by a coworker, she said.

Lead Mine Elementary School is closed for students for the summer and two staff members were at the school at the time of the incident, said Sara Clark, spokeswoman for the Wake County Public School System. The school employees were not injured, she said.

A person who picked up the phone for the Virginia-based company declined to comment.

One person was electrocuted in North Carolina in 2018, Quesenberry said.

Anna Johnson covers Raleigh and Wake County for the News & Observer. She has previously covered city government, crime and business for newspapers across North Carolina and received many North Carolina Press Association awards, including first place for investigative reporting. She is a 2012 alumna of Elon University.
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