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ARTICLE ID 193387

$________ - CONSTRUCTION SITE NEGLIGENCE – DECEDENT ELECTROCUTED AFTER ENTERING A HIGH VOLTAGE AREA IN THE COURSE AND SCOPE OF HIS EMPLOYMENT – FAILURE TO CUT POWER TO THE AREA WHERE THE PLAINTIFF WAS WORKING - WRONGFUL DEATH OF 26-YEAR-OLD MALE.

Allegheny County, PA

In this negligence action, the estate of the 26-year-old decedent maintained that the defendants all negligently contributed to the dangerous condition that existed at the construction site where the decedent was working. While in the course and scope of his employment, the decedent came in contact with high voltage equipment and was electrocuted. The defendants argued that the decedent caused his own death by entering a clearly marked high voltage area.

On May 22nd, ________, the 26-year-old male decedent was in the course and scope of his employment removing asbestos from a property owned by defendant Matthews that was undergoing a complete renovation performed by defendant Dynamic. Defendant Dynamic hired defendant Atlas as the electrical contractor. The decedent was working in the basement of the defendant’s premises and walked into an unlocked room that had electrical equipment containing ________ volts of electricity. As a result of coming in contact with equipment in that room, the decedent was electrocuted, suffered thermal burns and died 44 minutes later. The estate of the decedent alleged that the defendants were negligent in failing to ensure that the power was cut in the areas where people were working, in failing to post wiring diagrams or drawings of the electrical components, in failing to lock the entrance to the electrical components, in failing to supervise activity in the area of the electrical components and in failing to clearly mark and cordon off energized areas. The defendants argued that the decedent had been working on the premises for months, knew of the condition of the premises, disregarded warning signs, and inexplicable walked up and touched an energized boiler in a caged off area of the basement of the premises.The defendants offered a lump sum settlement of $________, which the plaintiffs accepted. The decedent is survived by one minor child, his daughter. The decedent was engaged to be married at the time of the accident.

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