Americus Times-Recorder, Americus, Georgia

Local News

August 25, 2011

Worker dies at new Phoebe Sumter site, construction halted

AMERICUS — A worker died at the Phoebe Sumter Medical Center construction site on U.S. Highway 280 W. Thursday morning after he came in contact with a live electrical wire and fell from a ladder.

According to co-workers, Sean G. Scott of 124 Peace Avenue, Leesburg was a construction apprentice working on the hospital that will be completed in December.  

Sumter County Deputy Corner Buddy Wilbanks arrived at Phoebe Sumter’s temporary hospital on East Forsyth Street at 8:45 a.m., where Scott had been pronounced dead by emergency physcians.

“From co-workers on site, he got a hold of a live wire and fell from the ladder. I found no trauma on the body, just a minor cut on his shin bone,” he said, adding that Scott’s body was transported to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation for the complete cause of death.

Americus Interim Police Chief Mark Gerbino confirmed to the Times-Recorder  that police responded to the construction site of the new Phoebe Sumter Medical Center Thursday morning where a male construction worker was found deceased, possibly of electrocution, Gerbino also confirmed that the death is under investigation.

Phoebe Sumter Medical Center CEO Keith Petersen issued the following statement Thursday:

On behalf of Phoebe Sumter and the entire Phoebe family, I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to the family, friends and co-workers of the late Sean Scott, who tragically lost his life at our job site this morning.

His loss will touch not only all of us here at Phoebe but the entire community, and we all mourn his passing.  We know his coworkers are having a tough time as well, and we will have to lean on each other to get through this trying time.

We are currently investigating the causes of this tragic accident and I can assure you that we will take all and any appropriate measures to make sure that the worksite is as safe as possible.  With that being said, the construction site has been temporarily shut down until a full investigation is done.

Thank you for your thoughts and prayers and please say a prayer for Mr. Scott's family and friends as they go through this tough time.


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