Posted on January 23rd, 2009 by Zane Cagle
Soldier Electrocution Death Questions Quality of Contract Plumbing
According to an Associated Press report, the U.S. Army recently changed the manner of death of a Staff Sargent from “accidental” electrocution to a “negligent homicide” after an investigation revealed that a military contractor, and two of its supervisors did not ensure that “qualified electricians and plumbers” worked on the barracks where the victim died.
The victim, a Green Beret serving in Baghdad, died January of 2008 from cardiac arrest after he was electrocuted in the shower of his barracks. His parents subsequently filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the company, claiming that it exposed U.S. soldiers to electrical systems that the company, “knew to be dangerous,” and had caused previous electrocution incidents. Last year, at least 18 deaths of service members and contractors were being investigated as possible electrocutions.
After the victim’s mother testified on Capitol Hill about the military’s electrical problems, the Army responded with several changes to its facilities in Iraq such as creating an electrical code. According to Sen. Bob Casey, the new policies, as well as the legal review of the victim’s case by the Army’s Criminal Investigation Command headquarters, are the validation of the victim’s mother’s efforts to seek full accountability for what happened to her son.
The young man’s mother said she was “completely disappointed” and will appeal a federal judge’s decision to dismiss the wrongful death lawsuit against the company she claims is responsible.
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