EDWARDSVILLE — A Germantown man died Thursday after he touched live power lines and fell from scaffolding at a worksite in Alhambra.
In a press release Friday, Madison County Coroner Stephen P. Nonn said an investigation continues into the death of waterproofing contractor Geoffrey L. Walthes, 34.
Walthes was working atop scaffolding at East Main Street and Wall Street when he came into contact with live power lines and fell.
The Alhambra Fire Department and Alhambra-Hamel Emergency Medical Service were called to the scene at 9:19 a.m. and initiated emergency care. Walthes was transported to the emergency department of St. Joseph Hospital in Highland, where he was pronounced dead at 10:38 a.m.
An autopsy examination is planned for later Friday to clarify the cause of death. Routine toxicology testing for the presence of alcohol and drugs also will be performed. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration was notified and is investigating the incident.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Nordike Funeral Home in Breese.
Germantown is in western Clinton County, about 39 miles east of St. Louis.