Painter in hospital after suffering severe shock on job

Posted: 4:52 PM, Jun 12, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-13 03:27:23Z
Painter in hospital after suffering severe shock
Painter in hospital after suffering severe shock
Painter in hospital after suffering severe shock
Painter in hospital after suffering severe shock


Family members now say the painter is Tony Zefi. He is currently in critical condition, going in and out of consciousness.

His daughter says he has third degree burns on the left side of his body and his back and does not remember what happened.

Tony is the owner of TBT Painting.


A man is in the hospital for severe burns after his ladder touched a power line while working on painting a commercial building on Sims Drive off of Mound Road.

“He went to move his ladder which was a 20 foot aluminum ladder, that ladder came in contact with the electrical lines over head and he sustained a significant electrical injury,” said Fire Chief for the Sterling Heights Chris Martin.

The painter was taking to Troy Beaumont Hospital and eventually transferred to Detroit Receiving Hospital.

The 50-year-old painter works for TBT Painting out of McComb Township. At the address listed for the business 7 Action News was able to speak to a family member who says his immediate family is by his side at the hospital.

The Fire Department says he has severe burns to his hands and his legs.

DTE was on hand throughout the day to safely remove the ladder from the power line.

DTE responded with this statement: 

A painter working on the outside of a commercial building in Sterling Heights was moving his metal ladder Tuesday morning when he lost control of it. The ladder unfortunately touched a power line, became energized and electrocuted the worker. His condition is not known at this time. He and his family are in our thoughts today.

This is a tragic reminder of the importance of safety around power lines. Be sure to look up and know where power lines are located before you begin any outdoor project. Also, metal ladders can conduct electricity and should never be used near power lines. If you plan to install a fence, deck, mailbox or lamppost, find out where power lines and other utilities are buried before you start. A simple phone call to MISS Dig at 8-1-1 is all it takes.

For more information on power line safety, please go to