1 Feb 2011

Southland man survives 19,000-volt shock

9:08 pm on 1 February 2011

A Southland linesman who survived a 19,000-volt shock says the near-death experience has made him think about his future.

Jeffrey Berry was struck while working up a power pylon about two weeks ago and celebrated his 55th birthday on Tuesday.

He suffered suffered two serious burns to his hand and arms and had to spend a week in hospital.

Mr Berry told Checkpoint the shock left him feeling like his arms had been blown off.

He plans to return to work in a couple of weeks, but admits to having some reservations about his return.

The Department of Labour is investigating.