Statement on Swedish Edmonds construction accident
August 20, 2014
At approximately 2 pm today, Swedish Edmonds emergency caregivers responded to a Code Blue (medical emergency) at the construction site adjacent to the hospital after a subcontractor working at the scene was electrocuted after coming in contact with a power line. Due to the presence of live voltage at the scene, caregivers could not access the site and the patient was later declared dead at the scene.
We are deeply saddened by this tragedy and want to express our condolences to the family of the deceased and those affected by this tragedy. We are working closely with Sellen Construction, Edmonds Police Department, Snohomish County Fire District 1, and Labor & Industries to investigate the accident and determine what happened.
Although the accident resulted in temporary disruption of power at some of the outlying buildings on the Swedish Edmonds campus, no care services at the main hospital were impacted aside from a temporary safety pause for cardiac cath lab and some elective procedure patients. Power was completely restored to the campus by 3:45 pm.
Out of respect for the family of the victim, those affected by the accident and the ongoing investigation, Swedish cannot provide additional comment at this time.