SRP worker electrocuted while replacing insulators

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SRP spokesman explains what happened

MESA -- A Salt River Project employee identified as 36-year-old Roger Clasby was electrocuted while working in northeast Mesa Monday morning.

SRP spokesman Scott Harelson said a maintenance crew was working to replace insulators on a 12,000-volt above-ground power line on the side of a mountain near Thomas and Power roads.

Clasby came in contact with a live line and died. Harelson said there are a number of safety steps to ensure the employees perform the work safely.

"We do not know at this point why this accident occurred," Harelson said. "Everybody will be investigating that as we go forward."

Harelson said approximately 400 customers were without power for a time. Clasby had been with SRP since 2004.