STOCK PHOTO: PSE&G substation.
A PSE&G lineman suffered a severe electric shock Saturday afternoon while repairing damage from Hurricane Sandy, NBC New York has learned.
A source with the utility, which serves northern New Jersey, confirmed the incident, and said it immediately caused the company to issue a brief safety stop for its workers.
Details of the accident were not immediately offered, but the source confirmed the worker was hospitalized, and his vital signs were described as 'OK.'
"We understand the need for urgency," the source said but added the company "was shaken" by the accident.
As a result, PSE&G immediately reinforced the daily safety message it said it gives its employees.
"Safety has to be the top concern," the source said, even as it operates under pressure to repair the historic damage from Hurricane Sandy.