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National Grid barred Charter from all its poles after cable worker electrocuted

The largest power company in Upstate New York temporarily barred Charter Communications – the largest cable company in the state – from its utility poles after a contractor for Charter was electrocuted last month.

National Grid issued the stop-work order to Charter July 12, the day after James R. Fogg was killed while running cable television lines in Yorkshire, a town in Cattaraugus County in western New York.

Fogg, 39, of Fairfield, Maine, was in the basket of a bucket truck on Block Road about 4:36 p.m. when he came into contact with a primary electric line, causing him to be shocked with high voltage, state police said.

When troopers arrived, paramedics from a Delevan Emergency Medical Services ambulance were performing CPR, police said. Fogg was transported to Bertrand Chaffee Hospital in Springville, where he later died of his injuries.

Fogg was employed by S.G. Communications, a utility contractor working for Charter Communications.

National Grid spokesman Steve Brady said the utility ordered Charter to stop any work on its utility poles until the cable company explains what happened, why it happened and how the company will prevent such an accident from happening again.
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