Early Wednesday morning, June 24, a Duke Energy worker sadly died after being electrocuted while working on a damaged power line.
The incident occurred in North Charlotte around 5:45 AM. The worker, Lewis “Ben” Smith, was fixing electrical equipment on N. Hoskins Road near Maplegrove Drive after a car hit a power pole, leaving local residents in the dark. Somehow Smith was electrocuted while making repairs. EMTs were called to the scene, where the worker was unfortunately pronounced dead. Smith’s coworkers have since set up a memorial at the accident site to honor his memory.
OSHA estimates that there are roughly 350 deaths a year caused by electrical accidents on the job—about one fatality per workday, nationally. This figure doesn’t just include electrical workers—construction workers also suffer injuries and death from electrical accidents. In fact, OSHA lists electrocutions among the “fatal four,” or the top four leading causes of death in private industry settings.
Since 2017, workplace accidents in North Carolina have been rising steadily. Last year, 54 people in the state died in some type of workplace accident, vs. 49 in 2018, and 35 in 2017.
Working with power lines can be dangerous, and safety precautions are needed to protect workers. Even so, there are many ways accidents can happen, especially if the company has failed to maintain a safe working environment. Even if all precautions were taken, the victim’s family may still have a right to worker’s compensation as the death occurred at work.
If you know a surviving family member of a person who was injured or killed in an accident or on a job site, please encourage them to contact our firm immediately. The consultation is completely free, with no out-of-pocket cost to the family to hire us.
For over 25 years the attorneys at Auger & Auger have been dedicated to protecting the rights of individuals and families that have suffered injuries or lost loved ones due to the negligence of others. We have years of experience guiding and helping our clients every step of the way to receive compensation for aspects such as medical bills, funeral costs, and other monetary loss.
Editorial Note: At A&A we are always looking to improve the quality and safety and are saddened by the outcome of many tragic accidents across the Carolinas. The purpose of this news blog is to write about cases relevant to our industry and raise awareness about injury cases so that victims of similar incidents can educate themselves on theories of liability, the law, and how personal injury cases typically work. This article is created using publicly available information and is a secondary source. If you find any information here to be inaccurate, please notify us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will make the appropriate adjustments.