Arlington County Man Electrocuted While Removing Lights

By Peter DePaolis

If your organization conducts work around electrical wires or water mains, one of your primary objectives should be checking work areas for any such electrical or water systems prior to beginning work. The safety of your employees is critical to the proper operation of your company or government agency.

An employee of Arlington County was electrocuted while removing a set of temporary lights. The employee was working throughout the night in an attempt to repair a water main break that was broken for two days. The accident happened when the worker contacted a power line. Another employee accompanying the worker was seriously injured during the accident.

While it appears as though the other worker may survive the horrific accident, on-the-job accidents like this one happen when fatigue or lack or planning is evident. When working around electrical sources, workers should be cautious and alert to possible scenarios such as this one. Arlington County could have had an electrician check the area around the water main break for electrical power prior to beginning work on repairing the broken line.

If you are involved in a case like this one, contact a qualified Nothern Virginia personal injury attorney at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P.

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.