It is inevitable that 30 foot fruit trees will grow close to, and obscure, high-voltage power lines....it is vital that such long handled tools be made of non-conductive materials which have been in wide spread use for decades
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Orlando Florida (PRWEB) December 10, 2013
An Orlando product liability trial involving an electrocution which was scheduled to be shown on CVN (formerly known as Court TV) beginning on December 9th has settled. Howard Butler of the Butler Law Group out of Jacksonville, FL represented the Plaintiffs. Terms of the multi-million dollar settlement are confidential.
Howard G. Butler of the Butler Law Group was hired by the family of a 55 year old Orlando man who was killed while picking avocados from a tree in his backyard using a long handled fruit harvester which inadvertently contacted an obscured power line. The lawsuit alleged that the product was unreasonably dangerous and defective due to its highly conductive aluminum handle which is covered with a nylon-polymer coating.
The product did not identify its manufacturer and was made of a highly conductive metal which was covered by a nylon-polymer coating. Investigation revealed the identity of the Commercial Seller and a lawsuit was filed asserting that the product was unreasonably dangerous. Shortly prior to jury selection a confidential settlement was reached with the commercial seller. The State of California prohibits the use of metal poles in the workplace while other states have no such regulations. According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International, each year more than 4.000 people are killed and another 4,000 are seriously injured due to inadvertent contact with electrical sources. According to Attorney Butler “It is inevitable that 30 foot fruit trees will grow close to, and obscure, high-voltage power lines which may be as low as 18.5 feet per the NESC so it is vital that such long handled tools be made of non-conductive materials which have been in wide spread use for decades.”
The Butler Law Group, led by Howard G. Butler Esquire, represents clients throughout Florida and the United States in serious personal injury, wrongful death, product liability and other safety related claims with offices in Jacksonville and Orlando. http://www.Butler-Law-Group.com