When you or a family member sustains an electrical injury or death from a power line, our experienced personal injury lawyers are ready to conduct a comprehensive investigation into the electrical injury. With decades of experience in personal injury law, our lawyers have the experience and resources necessary to find the cause of the incident and hold responsible parties accountable.
Electrical Injuries Caused By Power Lines
Many electrical injuries arise in construction employment as a result of contact with overhead or underground power lines. Cranes and boom trucks are the most frequent equipment making contact with overhead power lines. In other situations, contact is made with underground power lines during digging or trenching operations on construction sites.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) discusses work-related accidents involving contact with electric power lines by workers on ladders or holding ladders. Their advice to employers is this: "Identify the location of overhead power lines as a routine part of all initial work site surveys for jobs involving the use of ladders. Always note power line heights and distances from work areas on site diagrams to provide key information for site supervisors and workers." (See the source article.)
Under Washington law, the general contractor on a job site has a duty to employees of all subcontractors to make certain that power lines are properly identified and marked. A general contractor has an obligation to come up with a site-specific safety plan to ensure that all employees working on the site are aware of the location of overhead and underground power lines. As lawyers representing injured construction workers and their families, we are familiar with the regulations and duties of general contractors and power companies when an electrical injury occurs.
Case Example: Our lawyers represented the estate of a concrete pump truck driver who was electrocuted on Mercer Island when the boom of his concrete pump truck made contact with an overhead power line that was not properly marked and obscured by tree branches. Through their prosecution of the case, our lawyers were able to obtain a significant settlement for the family of the deceased construction worker.
It is possible to avoid accidental electrical shock injuries and electrocutions when workers are in the proximity of power lines. Was a general contractor in violation of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations, Washington Industrial and Safety Act regulations (WISHA), industry standards or common safety precautions? An investigation into the facts behind your power line injury in Washington should begin with a free consultation with one of our Seattle power line injury lawyers at Kraft Palmer Davies, PLLC. Contact us by phone or e-mail.
In other contexts, a power company fails to take appropriate action to maintain its power lines or takes other action that leads to an electrical injury or death to people or children nearby. Utility companies like Puget Sound Power are highly regulated in Washington State and there are specific regulations concerning how and where power lines are placed. Unfortunately, these rules are not always followed by power companies. When safety regulations are violated, severe injuries or deaths can occur when people or children make contact with power lines. When these injuries occur, you need a law firm that has the resources to engage the best experts in the field to determine the cause of the injury and identify the standards that were violated by the power company. We can help. Our experienced lawyers will sit down with you and offer a free case evaluation so that you and your family can decide how to proceed. Contact us for a free case evaluation.
Aggressive Representation of Construction Workers Injured, Electrocuted, or Killed by Power Lines
At Kraft Palmer Davies, PLLC, we carefully choose those clients to represent whom we believe we can best serve with our resources and experience. We hope that potential clients are also selective when deciding on a law firm to work with in pursuit of compensation after a serious injury.
Contact Our Everett Electrical Accident Lawyers
For more information or to schedule an appointment with an experienced attorney regarding a case that involves an injury on a construction site, an electrical injury or electrocution, construction injury law, premises liability, maritime law, admiralty law or other workplace personal injury, please contact usor call 206-624-8844 for a free initial consultation.