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Pennsylvania worker electrocuted by live power line

A Pennsylvania employee was electrocuted while relocating power lines. The 41-year old worker was performing his job from a bucket truck when he received a shock from a 7,000 volt live wire.

The work-related fatality was witnessed by a number of co-workers. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) have been investigating the industrial accident, and an autopsy is being conducted to verify the cause of the worker's death.

When reading about such an accident, one wants to ask why the power line in question was still live. It would seem like a simple and necessary precaution to take - especially since a worker was in a bucket truck and trying to relocate the power lines.

Unfortunately, a large number of workers are electrocuted every year. There are already a number of risks inherent in working with power lines to begin with, but this is all the more reason to make sure that certain risks are completely eliminated.

Attorneys experienced in investigating worker related injuries and familiar with workers' compensation statutes can independently represent families of individuals injured or killed and make sure their needs are met. Such attorneys understand what safety regulations are in place to protect workers, and the reasons why such laws were passed to begin with. Importantly, such lawyers can hold such employers and contractors accountable in a manner that may motivate them to improve worker safety.

It shouldn't take a worker's death to remind us of the need for more worker safety. The reason why electrocutions occur again and again is because so many employers have not learned the lessons concerning prior incidents. At least if these businesses are held accountable for injuries, there is a financial incentive present to improve safety.

Source: WHPTV.com, "Man electrocuted while working on Fairview Twp. power line identified," by Christina Butler, August 21, 2012

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