Powerline electrocutes workers moving flagpole

| May 4, 2017 | workplace injuries

When a serious injury accident happens on the job in Texas, it may be difficult to pin down a single trigger for the incident. For example, a person performing a job without proper training may not directly cause things to go awry. However, that could be an influencing factor if something goes wrong and that worker does not know how to handle the circumstances, or if he or she does not have the proper tools to do the job.

A recent accident caused severe injuries for three workers who were performing some construction duties at a Texas apartment complex. The men were electrocuted when the flagpole they were removing from its sleeve touched a live electric wire. A spokesman from the electric company who responded to the incident stated that the men may have lost control of the flagpole due to the wind.

The investigation into the accident has not been concluded. It is not currently known what company employed the three workers, although the men may have been driving a plumbing company vehicle that was present at the scene. Two of the workers were treated in a hospital burn unit, but the third man died from his injuries. The manager of the apartment complex has not released a statement.

Anyone who is injured in a workplace accident may be eligible for benefits through a workers’ compensation claim. If there is evidence of negligence or a third party may be involved, an attorney may be able to help an employee to recover compensation and hold everyone accountable for their roles in the accident.

Source: Herald Democrat, “1 dead, 2 critically injured in construction accident at Sherman apartments,” Alex Maxwell, May 3, 2017

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