Overhead Power Lines Electrocute Maintenance Worker

Power Line Expert WitnessThis case involves a young man who was severely electrocuted while he was cleaning equipment in an industrial park in South Dakota. The plaintiff’s job duties required him to carry a sweeper that has a long handle. When he was done sweeping, he lifted the sweeper and it came in contact with some unprotected power lines overhead. Witnesses claimed that the power lines were about 15 feet overhead and they were attached a few feet below the top of the building. The plaintiff suffered severe burns on his hands and feet, and eventually died from his wounds while in the hospital.

Question(s) For Expert Witness

  • 1. Please briefly describe your familiarity with power lines.

Expert Witness Response E-013769

I am well versed on the National Electrical Safety Code and of the state’s standards. I have taught the National Electric Safety Code, which is used by electric utilities to create the standard for clearance and safety of power lines. I have also personally installed many power lines and know the proper installation procedures. I have served as an expert on clearance cases where the lines were too close to buildings or houses, and installation cases. I feel comfortable with my knowledge of the power line industry and all of the regulations that regulate it such as OSHA, National Electrical Safety Code and ANSI standards.


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