Electrical Worker Assaults Confrontational Resident

ByMichael Talve, CEO


Updated on May 17, 2017

Electrical Worker Assaults Confrontational Resident

This case involves an employee of an electrical company who was instructed to make improvements to the electrical wires outside of an apartment building following a snowstorm. He was instructed to disconnect electrical power from the apartment building during the day (for approximately one hour) to perform an adjustment of the wiring. He had undergone only basic training in advance of the project. Fifteen minutes after disconnecting the power to the apartment building in order to make the repairs, a resident exited the building and began an argument with the plaintiff for shutting off the power. The situation escalated, and the plaintiff attacked and struck the resident. The resident fell to the ground and sustained a broken nose, a laceration on his head, and a broken clavicle.

Question(s) For Expert Witness

1. What is the appropriate measure (or industry norm) for an electrical worker who encounters a confrontational resident, during an attempt to disconnect electricity?

Expert Witness Response

inline imageThis appears to be a major deviation from the standard operating procedures by electric utility workers. Generally, with some differences for different companies and circumstances, the policy for all field agents who encounter a confrontational homeowner is to immediately depart the premises and notify a supervisor. This employee, either due to lack of training or oversight by the HR / hiring department, failed to acknowledge this policy and instead resorted to violence. I have over thirty-four years of experience in the electrical industry, with twenty years spent at a large, urban electrical company and fourteen years as a consultant.

About the author

Michael Talve, CEO

Michael Talve, CEO

Michael Talve stands at the forefront of legal innovation as the CEO and Managing Director of Expert Institute. Under his leadership, the Expert Institute has established itself as a vital player in the legal technology arena, revolutionizing how lawyers connect with world-class experts and access advanced legal technology. Michael's role involves not only steering the company's strategic direction but also ensuring the delivery of unparalleled intelligence and cutting-edge solutions to legal professionals. His work at Expert Institute has been instrumental in enhancing the capabilities of attorneys in case preparation and execution, making a significant impact on the legal industry's approach to expert consultation and technological integration. Michael's vision and execution have positioned the Expert Institute as a key facilitator in the intersection of law and technology.

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