Personal Injury

Electrocution: a Deadly Occupational Injury

electrical hazard sign Electrocution: a Deadly Occupational InjuryA Sarasota man was severely injured when he was electrocuted by power lines.

Omri Snow, 23, was using a lift truck to hang banners on light poles for a private contractor when he came in contact with power lines. By the time rescue crews arrived on scene, the entire lift truck was engulfed in flames.

According to Fox 13 News, from the time the truck caught fire to the time rescuers arrived and put it out, a total of only 16 minutes had passed. Power was shut off for the 3,000 nearby homes as a team worked to douse the flames and get to Snow. Rescuers had to ascend the 20-foot-high lift to save him. His body was covered in severe burns, and he was immediately flown to the nearest hospital for treatment.

Two weeks ago, in an unrelated incident, a Virginia man was killed in Fairfax County when his ladder came in contact with a power line, The Washington Post reports.

Ervin Marenco Andasol, 36, was a painter who was hired by an apartment complex. The line was a high-voltage power line, which killed him instantly.

That same week, a worker in Orange County was killed when his ladder came in contact with a power line, says the Orlando Sentinel. The man, whose identity has not been released, was trimming trees following the massive damage caused by Hurricane Irma.

Per the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), electrical hazards are one of the top 10 U.S. workplace safety violations. In 2015, 4,836 workers lost their lives on the job due to electrocution. This equates to 93 worker deaths weekly, and more than 13 deaths daily.