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Electrical Shock Fall Dangers

April 23, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Electrical shock is always dangerous, and site supervisors and contractors should do everything possible to avoid exposing workers to live current.  An electrical shock can result in cardiac arrest, resulting in the death of the worker.  Even less serious shocks can still cause electrical burns and other long-term health problems.

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Construction Workers at Particular Risk for Electrocution

March 19, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Though electrocution accidents can happen in almost any profession, construction workers are particularly likely to be exposed to these dangers, with over half of all electrocution related workplace deaths affecting people who work in this field.  Though there are many situations where these workers might suffer an electrical accident, certain situations are much more dangerous than others.

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Electrocution in the Workplace is Preventable

March 05, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Electrical accidents do not truly happen by accident, except perhaps on the rarest of occasions.  Generally speaking, electrical incidents at the workplace are preventable, provided the employer has properly invested in safety equipment.  Electricity is dangerous and sources of electricity must always be treated with the utmost respect, and there are many steps both the individual and the employer can take to demonstrate that respect.

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Power Line Height Causes Death

August 18, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

It’s not our fault.  That is the sentiment of the people in charge of the lake where three Boy Scouts were electrocuted to death on August 5th, 2017.  Two older Eagle Scouts were teaching a younger boy how to sail when their mast struck a power line 30 feet above the lake.  Two of the boys were dead by the time a rescue team arrived, and the third perished soon after.

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Negligent Landlords Put Others at Risk

August 11, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Water and electricity don’t mix, a fundamental fact made very clear by a story out of Montgomery County, Maryland.  A mother and her daughter were forced from their home by severe flooding of the basement caused by extreme weather.  The mother and daughter were waiting outside their home in a stairwell, where standing water had also pooled.  Police are still investigating the cause of the electrical current in the water, though suspicion is that a faulty sump pump might have been to blame.

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Electrocution Accidents: Caution - Power Lines Overhead

June 02, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Working around the house is a rewarding part of owning a home.  Some people hire out for just about every job, but some are willing to take on a few tasks around the house, whether it be touching up paint or snaking their own toilet.  A few people are willing to take on some of the more difficult jobs, such as fixing their roof or patching drywall.  Adding a little sweat equity to a home can be fulfilling, but it is important that homeowners are very careful when they undertake jobs usually left to professionals.

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Electrocution: The Electric Company

October 10, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

A tragic tale out of Tampa, Florida reminds us all of the danger that surrounds almost every building in America.  A 22-year-old young man heard a loud boom, looked outside to find the fence was on fire, and rushed out to try to keep the fire from spreading while his grandmother called for help.  There was no way he could know there was a downed power line in the neighbor’s yard, and that standing water would carry the current to where he was standing.  He was pronounced dead as soon as he reached the hospital.

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Electrocution Accidents and Ice Bucket Challenge: Done Wrong for Doing Right

September 17, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The Ice Bucket Challenge is sweeping the nation, and it stands to do a lot of good.  Hundreds of thousands of dollars are flowing into ALS charities, and there is hope that this additional funding can finally provide treatments or even a cure for the devastating condition.  Newscasters are doing it on live television, and people are posting their own videos on Youtube and Facebook.

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Shocking News About Downed Power Lines

February 11, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

In an unusual turn of events, a man lost his arm by electrocution when he poked a dead bear that was in his path. He poked the bear with a metal pole.  What he did not know was that the bear had been lying on a downed power line. The man lived, luckily, but others are not so lucky when it comes to downed power lines. Had he received more voltage, he surely would have died by electrocution. Downed power lines are deadly, no matter how safe they appear.  A downed power line does not mean a dead power line.  Here’s what you need to know before you go poking around where you should not:

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Electric Shock: When It Happens At Home

December 06, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Many of us have taken to do-it-yourself home repair.  With the cost of living and home maintenance high in so many parts of the country, we do what we can to cut costs here and there even if it means engaging in a tasks for which we have no training, or have never done before.  We read a manual and think we can easily fix a major plumbing project. We buy a part and know that we can take care of that leaky roof.  Or, we download a “home electrician” book and think we are experts at what lies ahead.  But, we are not experts in all things, and some of those home repair tasks are better left to the professionals.  Still, for the sake of time and investment, we tackle the task.  Here are some things to keep in mind when taking on an electrical job in your home.

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Extension Cords: Injuries and Misuse

July 02, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Chances are you have extensions cords in your home office or den, ensuring power to the computer, monitor, printer and other technology devices that keep you connected to the outside world.  You may have extension cords in your living room to connect all components of your entertainment system.  Perhaps you have outdoor projects planned, and have some extension cords running from a garage outlet to behind the house so you can use that power sprayer, weed-removing tool or other outdoor equipment.  Extension cords are handy when used temporarily.  They provide us what we need for a project.  Extension cords are not intended to be used permanently, however. Yet, many consumers use them as part of their normal daily power source.

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Downed Power Lines Mean Serious Business

November 21, 2012 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Storms like Hurricane Sandy and Katrina, and tornadoes like those that hit the Midwest often leave an obvious devastating path to all objects in the way.  We experience after-effects like fallen trees, flying debris, slippery roads, and downed power lines.  As a result, power outages occur in many ways.  Utility workers can't arrive at our homes quickly enough, and it could take days for heat and electricity to be restored.  We know how to reset our breaker and to report any lighting strikes, but what about downed power lines, an occurrence we don’t see every day? 

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