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

Bill O'Mara

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