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Metro Subcontractor Dies from Electrocution


It is reasonable to think that as advancements in technology increase, accidents involving electrocution would decrease. In spite of the many advancements in technology, a number of accidents involving electrocution are still being reported. Recently, the Washington Post has released a story about an electrocution accident involving a metro subcontractor who incidentally touched a live wire.

Electrocution Accident
The accident occurred in the middle of August of this past summer at the Bladensburg bus garage in Northeast. Metro spokeswoman Lisa Farbestein made the announcement Monday, August 24, 2009. The subcontractar, Steven Troy Griffith, 30, was electrocuted to death after touching a live wire.

At the time the story was released, the medical examiner had yet to officially determine the cause of death. It seems unlikely, however, that electrocution was not the cause of death in this accident. No details were released about the context in which the electrocution occurred.

More ?’s Than Answers
While this story was not a feature article in the Washington Post, it certainly was not packed with details. Several questions arise from this accident. One question that remains is as to the reason a wire was exposed while still live. If maintenance was going on, then whose fault is it that the wire was live while the subcontractor was supposedly unaware of it? This question also presupposes another as to whether or not the subcontractor was aware of the live wire or not.

The Metro Transit Police were conducting an investigation at the time the story was released. James Hohmann, the Washington Post Staff Writer who released the article, attempted to contact Griffith’s employer to no avail, apparently wishing to not comment on the incident.

Electrocution accidents such as this one highlight the importance of having lawyers that specialize in electrocution accidents. If circumstances were indeed not safe for Griffith, then his family deserves justice and the responsible parties ought to be held accountable. With the little information that was released about this article, any placement of blame or responsibility would be highly speculative and truly it is not our desire to do so with this article but rather to merely explicate an unfortunate electrocution accident.

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