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OVPD: Sub-contractor dies in work-related incident at power station

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Posted at 4:10 PM, Mar 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-20 01:36:41-04

ORO VALLEY, Ariz. (KGUN) — The Oro Valley Police Department is investigating a death that occurred at a power station near Tangerine and First Ave. Friday.

According to Sgt. Amy Graham, a sub-contractor was killed while loading non-electrical equipment. The piece of equipment fell and killed the unidentified worker.

Sgt. Graham says the accident happened at around 12:40pm.

"No TEP employees were involved, nor is it power system related," OVPD said in a tweet.

Sgt. Graham tells KGUN9 the Oro Valley Police Department called Tucson Electric Power and they arrived on scene at around 1 p.m. She also says the person who died is a man in his 70s. He was retired and this was his second job.

"Unfortunately it was just a sad accident," she added.

Tucson Electric Power released a statement, it reads:

At 1 p.m. today, TEP was notified that a contractor had suffered a fatal injury while working in a TEP substation near First and Tangerine roads. Crews from three construction companies were working on an upgrade project at the substation when the accident occurred; no TEP employees were on site at the time. We're cooperating with the investigation of this incident but have no additional information to share at this time. The worker who died was employed by Utility & Industrial LLC, and we would refer you to that company for any additional information.

Officials say at least one of his relatives has been notified of his death.

No other details have been released.