Man electrocuted on Bali billboard burned on over 50 percent of body: hospital

A man who was reportedly electrocuted in Klungkung, Bali yesterday has suffered burns on over 50 percent of his body, according to the hospital treating him. 

A horrifying video surfaced of the young man after the incident, wriggling on top of a billboard, looking as if we were about to fall down on to the street. According to reports, he didn’t fall, but was evacuated down, with some difficulties. 

The man in the video was identified in local reports as Harjo Winoto.

He was rushed to Klungkung Hospital and he was described as being in a delirious state, local reports said. 

Initial reports had said described Winoto as just having been burned on his chest, but now it’s come out that he was much more severely injured.

Winoto will need to be referred to the larger, better equipped Sanglah Hospital in Denpasar because of the extent of his burns, says Klungkung Hospital Managing Director Dr. I Nyoman Kesuma. 

“The patient has been burned over 50 percent (of his body). Because of these conditions, we have to refer the victim to Sanglah. However, the initial treatment has been done here to stabilize the patient’s condition,” Kesuma told Tribun Bali on Monday. 

PLN, the state electricity company, says that the shoe store with the billboard that Winoto was on gave no notice to PLN about work on the billboard. The billboard was in direct contact with a high-voltage PLN cable, the electricity company’s Klungkung manager, I Wayan Eka Susana, told Tribun Bali. 

“People fixing buildings or putting up billboards near PLN cables like this, should notify PLN in advance. Because there’s a procedure for this sort of work. This is for your safety,” Susana said. from the scene of the incident on Monday. 

Meanwhile, Klungkung Police’s Criminal Unit Chief Wiastu Andri Prajitno says an investigation has been opened up over the incident and police are interviewing witnesses. 

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