Electrical work is skilled work, requiring particular knowledge and ability to safely perform what is a potentially dangerous job. Electrical work on a construction site can be even more dangerous as construction sites often pose unique hazards. Tragically, a Texas electrician died recently in a fatal accident while working at a construction site.
The electrician was working at a Baylor University construction site when he died in an accident that occurred in an elevator shaft. Reports indicate that the deceased man, who worked for a company based out of Dallas as an independent electrician, died at the scene. An investigation by several agencies is undergoing as to what caused this fatal workplace accident. Initial reports indicate that the electrician died when an elevator fell on him as he worked inside the elevator shaft.
The dangers of working with electricity are many. Those who work with electricity directly face potential hazards via overhead electrical lines, circuit assemblies and cable harnesses. There is the potential for electric shock, explosions, fires and electrocution. Adding in the hazards of an unfinished construction site presents an additional layer of potential danger. It remains to be seen whether the electrician's employer or another third party was negligent in the incident.
It is possible in situations like this that the victim's family may want to pursue a wrongful death cause of action against a potentially negligent party that may have caused their loved one's death. If they decide to pursue this legal option for recovery they may wish to discuss with an attorney how best to proceed with their claim.
Source: Equipment World, "Electrician killed in accident on Baylor University jobsite," Wayne Grayson, June 18, 2015