Electricity and Electrocution
When someone is directly injured due to electrocution by a high voltage line belonging to a utility company, whose responsibility is to use reasonable care in the installation, operation, and maintenance of their electric lines, the law imposes a duty of utmost care.
Accidents other than electrocution that occur on the property of a customer and the utility company does not own the equipment or lines which directly cause the injury, but merely passes its electricity through the customer’s facility and are allegedly caused by negligence of the electric utility company, the duty is less onerous than the duty of utmost care.
A power company must exercise the utmost care to reduce hazards in maintaining and employing high power lines. To discover and correct hazards and defects, the company must inspect its wires and other equipment on a reasonable schedule. If a person may come into contact with energized lines, the power company must post adequate warning signs, insulate the power line, and take any other precautions to prevent injury.
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