Chattanooga line worker, father of 5, dies after being seriously injured on job

Holden Beck's family says he was working on a power line in Alabama and suffered a severe shock. (Image: Holden Beck's family / MGN)


At 1:23pm Monday afternoon, Holden Beck died of his injuries after suffering a serious electrical accident while working on a power line in Alabama.

Holden leaves behind his wife Kelsey and their five children.

He was 26.

You can donate to help in the Beck family's medical expenses at their GoFundMe page here.


Beck's wife tells us he is now in stable condition. He just got out of his first surgery to remove some of the damaged skin and muscle.

The family is holding a series of auctions to help with health care costs. Go here to learn more.


A line worker who works for a Hixson company as a contractor recovers in a Birmingham, Alabama hospital after suffering a serious accident on Tuesday. Holden Beck works as a contract for APL Power Services in Hixson. He was on a construction job under the Cullman Electric Cooperative when his wife says he made contact with a live power line.

For almost six years Beck supported his family by working as an electrical lineman.

"I've always had that feeling that you know - something can go wrong," said Kelsey Beck.

Kelsey Beck's fears came true - when she learned her husband made contact with a live power line at work. He was airlifted to the hospital.

"I'm in shock," said Beck. "I feel like I'm in a dream right now."

The Becks have five young children - the oldest is eight and their only baby girl - just turned a year old.

"I try to keep it together because I have to be strong for my kids," said Beck. "I don't like them seeing me break down."

Beck says her husband is in a medically induced coma, with burns on his chest and face. The burns are his face are second and third degree.

"He lost half of his right arm from about maybe an inch from his elbow down," said Beck.

According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International, a non profit that promotes electrical safety, 134 people died in 2015 from at-work electrical injuries. More than 2,400 people had non-deadly injuries.

"Too common," said Jim White, with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 175.

Jim White worked as a lineman for decades. He's now a representative for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 175. His union doesn't represent Beck - but White says - he feels for his family.

"The high voltage - the damage it will do to your body - is unforgiving," said White.

A spokesperson for Cullman Electric Co-op says they're investigating how the incident that landed Holden Beck in the hospital happened. Meanwhile, his wife wrestles with her thoughts back at the hospital.

"I'm scared for my kids," said Beck. "I'm scared they're not gonna have a father if something goes wrong."

Kelsey Beck says doctors will try to take her husband out of the medically induced coma tomorrow. Once they do that - they'll know if he has any brain damage. She also says he'll need surgery for the burns on his chest.

Holden Beck's family says he was working on a power line in an unincorporated area of Cullman County, Alabama and suffered a severe shock at about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Beck's wife tells us he remains in critical condition.

A post from one of Beck's family's friends says, "Holden is one of the sweetest, most caring people I have ever had the pleasure to get to know. He is a warrior, and we serve a God of miracles. It's all in his hands. Please continue to pray for his family."

The post goes on to describe his injuries, which include a partially-amputated arm, and burns to his face and neck. It also says he remains in a coma.

Family members have created a GoFundMe page to help pay for medical expenses.

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