- The Washington Times - Monday, August 16, 2004


A Potomac Electric Power Co. worker died yesterday morning after apparently touching a charged line at the utility company’s College Park substation, officials said.

A company spokeswoman identified the employee as Michael Ashurst, 47.

Mr. Ashurst had worked for the utility for about 30 years, and his wife, Trina, is also an employee, company officials said.

The substation is in the 2800 block of Metzerott Road and provides power to the area around the University of Maryland. Service in the area was not disrupted.

“When we got down there, we had a report of a missing worker at the facility,” said Capt. Chauncey Bowers, a spokesman for the Prince George’s County Fire-Emergency Medical Services Department.

Capt. Bowers said the call for help came in as a plant fire at about 8 a.m., but personnel who responded did not have to fight a blaze.

He confirmed only that Mr. Ashurst had touched something charged and said the exact cause of death and other details would follow an investigation by the Maryland Occupational Safety and Health (MOSH) administration.

MOSH officials could not be reached.

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