A worker died while inspecting a railroad bridge over an upstate New York road. He was electrocuted after coming into contact with an energized power line, reported The Wall Street Journal (8.27.13).
Canadian Pacific Railway employee Thomas Tarchak, 39, was conducting elevated train bridge measurements in Colesville, New York. At the time of the accident, he was working in a bucket truck under the elevated tracks.
Three other railway employees were with him at the worksite.
The incident is under investigation.
Electrocution is a well-known cause of on-the-job deaths
Boom contact accidents are one of the most common types of electrocution accidents. These occur when there is unintentional contact between a part of the vehicle and a live conductor.
Electrocution is a major cause of injury and death to those working with bucket trucks and other boomed vehicles. Overhead power lines pose a particularly dangerous hazard. Even regular home electrical lines can generate enough amperage to kill someone if the conditions are right.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) reported that electrocutions accounted for approximately 450 of the 6,400 U.S. work-related deaths that occurred between 1980 and 1989. An annual average of 15 electrocutions was linked to contact between overhead power lines and boomed vehicles.
Boom truck safety training is critical for reducing the number of electrical
accidents. Adequate safety programs train workers to comply with OSHA
Workers need to both recognize and learn to control the hazards of working near overhead power lines.
Other cases involving workplace electrocution and electrical injuries may involve contact between ladders and high voltage wires, vehicular accidents caused by low hanging wires, injuries caused by falling power lines, falls from utility poles.
Dealing with workplace electrocution injuries and death with the help of a New York personal injury lawyer
Many electrocution accidents cause serious injuries or death. Other electrical injuries may require a long recovery and, oftentimes, result in lifelong disability. Workers who were electrocuted or burned in an electrical accident that was caused by the negligence or irresponsibility of another, should contact a New York personal injury lawyer regarding their entitlement to compensation. Those who have had a loved one die in such an incident should call or email, as well.
The personal injury lawyers at The Perecman Firm can protect the legal rights of injured workers or their families, helping them to collect the benefits they deserve after a workplace accident.