Most people do not consider power line injuries to be a common occurrence; however, the fact is that nearly anyone can be subject to them. A power line injury could happen anywhere from private homes to construction sites, and can often be avoided if the right warnings and precautions are taken.
One common cause of power line injuries occurs whenever there is an accident that results in wires lying in the road. Rescue workers could easily come in contact with these lines while directing traffic or trying to evacuate casualties. In some cases, motorists may not realize there is a live electrical line on top of their vehicle, and attempt to exit it with disastrous results.
Those who repair cable, Internet or telephone lines often encounter electrical lines in the everyday course of their duties. When accessing poles with aluminum ladders or metal cherry pickers, these workers must be extremely cautious in order to prevent their equipment from making contact with these lines. If a vehicle operator is careless, this could easily happen, resulting in serious injuries or even death.
In order to prevent electrical injuries, only trained personnel should be allowed to work around live wires. The proper safety precautions should be taken at all times, to include roping the area off and making it inaccessible to others. Power companies also have a duty to repair downed lines as quickly as possible so that people won’t inadvertently stumble on them and become injured. Unfortunately, these common sense measures are not always taken, which is why you should contact us if you have been the victim of another party’s negligence.