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UPDATE: Rancho Tree Care Worker Injured In Santa Barbara Electrocution Accident While Cutting Trees By Power Lines


Jul 24, 2019

UPDATE: Rancho Tree Care Worker Injured In Santa Barbara Electrocution Accident While Cutting Trees By Power Lines Near Bath Street and Los Olivos Street

SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA (July 24, 2019) – A tree trimmer for Rancho Tree Care was seriously injured in an electrocution accident with power lines while performing a contract for Southern California Edison. 

For reasons that remain under investigation, the worker was electrocuted while working in a bucket lift by the power lines. Rancho Tree Care workers lowered the bucket lift and began rendering aid to the injured worker. 

Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene and took over CPR. The worker was then transported to the Cottage Hospital in order to receive treatment. 

Police closed down Bath Street and Los Olivos Street for five hours while they investigated. Cal/OSHA was also called to the area to determine what happened. 

Liability In Electrocution Accidents

When a worker is injured in California the company that they work for has a legal obligation to provide them with benefits. According to the California Department of Industrial Relations Workers Compensation Guidebook, “If you get hurt on the job, your employer is required by law to pay for workers’ compensation benefits.” Electrocution accidents are one of the “fatal four” accidents that OSHA monitors. Four types of accidents make up nearly 60% of all workplace fatalities and injuries. Electrocutions, in particular, can leave workers with horrific and costly injuries including:

  • Severe burns
  • Heart damage
  • Neurological damage
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Muscle damage

Workers are barred by statute from bringing claims directly against their employer. This is true insofar as the employer has purchased worker’s compensation insurance. However, a worker may be able to file a third party claim against an entity that contributed to an accident. For example, a company that manufactures boom lifts could be held liable for an electrocution accident. Boom lifts are supposed to have sensors that detect electromagnetic fields. This technology will automatically stop the lift if it gets in a certain proximity with the power lines. 

The technology to prevent boom lifts from coming into contact with power lines is over two decades old. Unfortunately, a number of these accidents still happen. Any worker that is injured may be able to recover additional damages through a bodily injury claim. Damages can help cover medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. A personal injury attorney can investigate all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are. 

Getting Help After An Electrocution Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to the Rancho Tree Care worker that was injured in this accident. It is our sincere hope that measures are put in place to prevent additional workers from being electrocuted. Safety should always be the number one priority of any company. 

If you or someone that you care about has been injured by power lines there are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We are committed to making sure that accident victims get all of the medical and financial support that they need to recover. Whether you just have questions about the law or need more information about a particular accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime (888) 888-9285.

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