Electric arc at Iwilei HECO substation seriously injures 2 men

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Published: Nov. 6, 2022 at 11:34 AM HST|Updated: Nov. 6, 2022 at 1:42 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - EMS officials treated two men Sunday morning after a possible electric arc at a HECO substation.

It happened around 9:10 a.m. at the Kuwili Street substation location.

EMS said two men, ages 55 and 27, suffered burns to their torso and extremities from the incident. They were both listed in serious condition.

In a statement, HECO spokesperson Alan Yonan said, “The employees were working in the Iwilei substation when there was an arc flash – a high-voltage electric discharge – in a piece of equipment. We are working to determine the cause. Safety is our priority so when one of our people is hurt it affects everyone at the company. We’re all hoping for their complete recovery.”

This is the second incident that left HECO workers injured within the last month. On Oct. 11, three workers injured after being shocked while working on an underground power line.