Generally, lessors (and retailers) of products may be held
responsible in negligence, just like manufacturers and
distributors. Indeed generally the law requires anyone
in the chain of distribution of a product to make sure that
it is safe. Similar considerations also apply to assemblers of
products who are held responsible for all of the various component parts
which are incorporated into its products.
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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