The Board of Public Utilities today released a report on an electrocution June 16 in Rosedale Park in Kansas City, Kan.
A man was killed when he came into contact with a downed power line in the early morning hours of Sunday, June 16, when Rosedale Park was closed. According to early reports from law enforcement, the man had been at the park to play a night-time game of disc golf. Nicholas Moeder of Shawnee, Kan., died in the accident in the early morning hours of Sunday, June 16, in Rosedale Park, after he became entangled in a downed power line, authorities said following the accident.
Today the BPU released the report of its findings, which addressed the topic of the length of time it took the BPU to repair the downed power line. The power line had been reported down about 4:07 p.m. Saturday, and crews did not arrive to repair it until 3:29 a.m. Sunday, according to the BPU's report.
The BPU was inundated with calls about outages on Saturday, receiving 553 calls, according to the report.
The BPU received three calls about this downed line in Rosedale Park. It also received calls about 30 downed lines throughout the city, according to the report.
"It is very unfortunate that we did not respond in a time frame that could have possibly prevented this tragedy," the BPU stated in its report today.
"The public needs to know that we are always reviewing our policies and procedures to ensure we are in compliance with regulatory requirements and standards established by the American Public Power Association and national Electrical Safety Code, which requires a utility to comply with codes for the practical safeguarding of people, employees and property.
"We are having discussions with public safety officials for better coordination between all first responders and the utility. The safety of our citizens is our top priority and we want to do all we can that will prevent, as much as possible another tragedy like this from happening again."
The BPU also referred to the storm that hit the area Saturday afternoon:
"This storm produced winds in excess of 70 mph, resulting in widespread electrical outages impacting 2,277 customers across BPU’s service territory. BPU’s outage hotline received a total of 553 calls including three that we have identified regarding the downed line in Rosedale Park.
BPU received the initial call regarding the downed line from the 911 Dispatch Center at 4:07 p.m. Saturday afternoon.
"At 4:04 p.m. Saturday, BPU crews began working to restore power to customers and repair damaged infrastructure which included broken poles and a total of 30 downed lines. Crews worked around the clock until midnight, June 16th on the storm repair moving from location to location.
"At 3:29 a.m. Sunday, June 16th, BPU crews arrived at Rosedale Park to repair the downed line. The danger and risk of downed power lines in our community are taken very seriously by our utility."