Utilities and power companies are required to erect and maintain their Power Lines according to the National Electric Safety Code. The Code requires power lines to maintain a safe distance from roads, homes, and other utility lines. When the Code is not followed, serious injuries may result. Moreover, compliance with the National Electric Safety Code cannot always be determined by an inspection of the power lines. In some instances, power companies attempt to reduce costs by failing to maintain their power lines correctly. Moreover, the application of the Code depends on the surrounding area, the workers working on the line and other major factors.
For example, if the lines fall to the ground, they should be equipped with emergency shut off devices which de-energize the line.
In some circumstances, power lines require markings to identify the type of power line as a warning to electricians and others working around the line to prevent injury. A visual inspection may not accurately reveal the amount of power running through the lines or the condition of the lines. An electrician or other worker may become injured even if they do not touch the power line if the electricity arcs due to the excess power running through the line.
At the Schwaba Law Firm, we have gained significant recoveries for families who have lost a loved one and those who have been injured due to the negligent operation and maintenance of power lines. If you or a loved one have suffered from the negligent maintenance or application of a power line, contact the Schwaba Law Firm to see if we can help you recover.