A utility worker was electrocuted while working on an east Mesa power line Monday morning.
The victim was Richard Clasby, a 36-year-old lineman with Salt River Project. He was part of a four-man crew performing maintenance work on a wooden pole supporting a 12,000-volt line, Mesa fire Capt. Mike Dunn said.
The 10 a.m. incident took place on Usery Mountain, east of the Las Sendas area and about a quarter-mile from the nearest road.
No one else was injured. But Clasby’s colleagues were shaken by the death, and they were offered time with counselors from SRP and the city of Mesa, utility spokesman Scott Harrelson said.
The incident cut power to about 400 SRP customers. Half of them regained service after an hour; the rest got their power back around 2 p.m., Harrelson said.
It was not immediately known how Clasby, who had been with SRP since 2004, came into contact with a live wire. Investigations are being conducted by SRP and the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
SRP’s last on-the-job fatality came in 1985, at a substation located about four miles south of Monday’s incident.