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Attorney at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers
Worker Electrocuted While Removing Tree Branches in Chesapeake
Every year workers are electrocuted by wiring or power lines. Tragically, a power line caused the death of a man who was electrocuted removing tree branches this week in Chesapeake.
Chesapeake police say emergency crews were called out to Greenlawn Memorial Gardens on Airline Boulevard at 3:45 p.m. on Monday when a 39-year-old man received an electric shock from a power line. He later died of his injuries.
The man was working for a tree service. Police say he was electrocuted while removing branches. He was suspended in a tree when a limb made contact with a power line that also touched the worker.
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Our thoughts are with the family of this worker at this tragic time. Every week hundreds of tree branches are removed without injury to workers. An accident like this is meticulously investigated. Police are looking at what went wrong along with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The agency has six months to report on the issue.
Police said the man works for a tree service and was removing tree limbs while suspended in a tree. A limb made contact with a nearby active power line while also touching the worker.
Medics removed the man from the tree. He was taken to Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center in Portsmouth.
Dominion Virginia Power says the man who died worked for Lucas Tree Experts, an agency contracted for tree removal services. Police later named him as 39-year-old Muhammad Yahya Abdur-Raheem, of Newport News.
Electric Shocks and Workers
Every year, we read of a handful of electrocutions and electric shock injuries in Virginia. Two years ago, a worker at a Tesla station was electrocuted in Norfolk.
Electric shocks do not always prove to be deadly. The severity of the injuries depends on factors such as how fit the victim is, the level of voltage and how quickly medical help arrives.
According to the National Institutes of Health, about 1,000 people are electrocuted every year in the United States. More than 30,000 non-fatal shock accidents occur each year.
We list some of the most common causes of electric shock here on our website.
When a power line is to blame for a death or an injury, a power company may be held liable. If power lines are not properly maintained they can sag or even fall on the road. A Virginia wrongful death attorney can tell you if you have a case related to the death of a loved one. Please call us at (757) 455-0077
John Cooper is a veteran of personal injury law practice in Virginia. A native Virginian, he was raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases and recently handled the largest auto accident settlement in 2010, according to VA Lawyers Weekly. The award provided $3.5 million to a child whose young father died when the vehicle he was a passenger in was rear-ended by a careless truck driver.
Jim Hurley has been practicing law throughout Virginia for more than two-and-a-half decades. During his career, he has tried more than 100 jury trials — a staggering number — and handled hundreds more that were settled out of court. He is guided by the principle that the client is in charge of his or her case and should be kept fully aware of the litigation process. Jim has been awarded an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given, for his practice of law. He was named in Virginia Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016.
Bill O’Mara started his legal career in 2008, moving back to his home town of Chesapeake, VA. He has practiced in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury and other litigation. He has gained extensive court room and trial experience, including contested trials before judges and juries across Hampton Roads. In 2014, Mr. O’Mara joined Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.
Cooper Hurley awards three $2,000 college scholarships annually to high school seniors in the Tidewater and Eastern Shore areas of Virginia. Eligible students can submit an essay of 500 to 1,000 words on the subject of Distracted Driving. We established this program to aid worthy scholars and to raise awareness of the tragic consequences of distracted driving, which we encounter too often in our practice.