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Construction worker dies after being electrocuted

A construction worker has died after being electrocuted at an Interstate 94 work site.

Joseph C. Janisch, 34, from Ellsworth, WI was killed Monday morning, September 17 when a piece of construction equipment he was in contact with struck an overhead power line in the eastbound lane of I-94 near mile post 39.

Janisch, who was employed by Highway Technologies, was working on replacing guard rails on the eastbound lanes of the interstate, stated a report from the Wisconsin State Patrol, when equipment he was touching hit an overhead power source and apparently electrocuted him.

The incident occurred around 7:20 am.

When law enforcement arrived, Janisch was lying on the ground unresponsive. He was transported to Mayo Clinic Health System – Red Cedar in Menomonie where he was pronounced dead.

OSHA will be investigating the accident.