Fairfax Teenager Killed in Electrical Accident while Trimming Trees

By Peter DePaolis

Unfortunately, accidents stemming from tree trimming remain all too common. A Washington man died last month when a falling tree part struck him on the head. A Richmond, Virginia worker died earlier in the year after a branch he was cutting fell onto a power line and electrocuted him. If negligence or poor safety on the job has led to injury for you or a loved one, a Northern Virginia personal injury lawyer can help you obtain compensation for your medical bills.

Last week a tragic tree trimming accident killed a Fairfax, Virginia teenager. The 17-year-old high school senior was trimming a tree in the evening using a power saw when the accident occurred. Rescue workers found the boy 20 feet up in the tree, unconscious with burn marks on his extremities. They suspect that the electrical current from a nearby 19,000-volt distribution line passed through the tree branch and into the teen’s body.

Falls and electrocutions are the most common causes of tree trimming accidents and deaths. Workers and others trimming trees can take steps to minimize the risk of a tree trimming accident. They should inspect trees limbs for structural weaknesses before beginning work. They should ensure that they adhere to all safety standards like maintaining a minimum distance when working near energized power lines. Often people trimming trees can work with utility companies to cut off the power to power lines or take other steps to cover or insulate live lines.

If workplace dangers have caused injury for you or a loved one, contact Julie H. Heiden, a Northern Virginia personal injury attorney, at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P to learn what legal rights you have.

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.