Electricians remain critical after CA fire

SAN JOSE — Two electricians badly burned in a weekend industrial accident remained in critical condition Wednesday while investigations continued into the circumstances surrounding the explosion of an electrical panel in north San Jose.

San Jose Fire Capt. Rob Brown said the cause of the fire at an industrial building at 71 Daggett Drive remained under investigation. Authorities have not identified the injured electricians, but Brown said one suffered burns over 65 percent of his body and the other over about 30 percent of his body and that both remained in critical condition at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center’s burn unit.

The men were working on an electrical panel when it flashed or exploded about 9 a.m., severely burning them. There were no other injuries or damage to the rest of the property.

Greg Siggins, spokesman for the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, said the state agency is continuing an investigation of the two men’s employer, JAE Electric of Santa Clara, which could take six months to complete.

Siggins cautioned that such investigations are standard in industrial accidents.

“The investigation will run its course, and if it finds violations of labor law, they will be cited,” Siggins said.

JAE Electric did not respond to a phone call Wednesday afternoon seeking comment.

It remained unclear who controlled the property where the two men were working.

Although technology company Finesse Solutions had announced a move to that address in 2009, company representative Herb Burkard said Wednesday that Finesse left the Dagget Drive property in July for a new address on Leonard Court in Santa Clara and no longer had any involvement with the San Jose site at the time of the accident.

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