Power line workers die in fall from helicopter after cable snaps

Power line workers die in fall from helicopter after cable snaps

Power lines may be inspected or worked on from the air, an uncommon and dramatic sight that passersby sometimes record on their phones. This work can be dangerous as well as dramatic, however. Recently, a California man and another worker were killed in a fatal workplace accident involving a helicopter and power lines in another state.

The men were working on a transmission line at the time of the accident. The county sheriff said the lines were about 230 feet high. The men were dangling from a helicopter by a cable to inspect and work on a new transmission line. The cable hit the power line and snapped. The men fell and died.

The helicopter pilot was able to land the machine, but was taken to the hospital, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). His condition was unknown.

Investigators are examining what led to the men's deaths. Equipment failure may be a focus of their investigation. News reports indicated that a frayed cord connected to the helicopter could be important. As with any fatal accident, however, the cause of the accident may not be obvious, and there may be many factors or causes that contributed to the workers' deaths.

Usually, workers or family members cannot sue their employers for accidents due to workers' compensation laws. In some cases, however, a may be able to hold another party who contributed to an accident liable through a third-party claim.

Source: CBS 7, "Names Released of Men Killed in Power Line Fall," Jennifer Stamp, Aug. 5, 2013

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