Under Hawaii law a property owner who hires an independent contractor to perform construction work does not automatically free themselves from any responsibility for injuries caused by that contractor. Under some circumstances a property owner may be held jointly responsible with an independent contractor for job site accidents and dangerous construction practices. See, eg., Makaneole v. Gampon70 Haw. 501, 777 P.2d 1183 (1989) and "Makaneole v. Gampon: Site Owners Vicariously Liable for Negligence of Contractors and Their Employees". 12 UH L. Rev. 481.
Moving a flagpole near live electrical wires can be very dangerous. A Grayson County, Texas jury has awarded more than $15.6 million to the families of 3 victims of an accident that occurred while they were moving a flagpole in May 2017. The electrocution killed 1 and injured 2. The property manager of the apartment complex where the flagpole was located was found to be negligent for placing the flag pole too close to overhead power lines. See, An award of $15.6 million for 3 victims of electrocution.
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