Police are investigating a fatal industrial accident that happened in Puna on Thursday morning.
At about 9:14 a.m., police and Hawaii Fire Department medics received a report of an apparent industrial accident at a job site just off Route 11 near the North Kulani Road intersection in Mountain View.
Responding officers discovered that a 56-year-old man had been inspecting the electrical system for a newly installed water tank when he apparently was electrocuted. A 51-year-old Honokaa man, who was working nearby, attempted to assist the victim. He was able to de-energize the electrical system but not before sustaining minor injuries from exposure to electrical current.
The victim was taken to Hilo Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 10:32 a.m.
Detectives continue to investigate this incident, which is classified as an industrial accident and a coroner’s inquest.
Police are awaiting positive identification and notification of the next of kin before releasing the name of the victim.
An autopsy is scheduled for this morning to determine the exact cause of death.