Following the sad news of the death of a Modesto city employee, a spokesperson for the city manager's office said this appears to be the first on-the-job fatality of a city employee. Although the city will conduct an investigation, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health will launch a separate inquiry to determine the cause of the worker's death, as it does after all fatal workplace accidents in the state. The deceased man was a 30-year-old maintenance worker.
Reportedly, the man started with the city as a full-time electrician assistant in 2014, after working in a part-time capacity from 2007 through 2009. Authorities say the incident occurred in the late morning on a recent Monday while the worker was busy with streetlight maintenance. No details about the event were reported, except that his cause of death was electrocution.
Although the report indicates that the deceased worker was an electrician assistant, it is unclear whether he was alone or working with a qualified electrician. Electrical work poses numerous life-threatening hazards, one of which must have come into play to cause this tragedy. Cal/OSHA will make more details available upon completion of the investigation.
When California families lose loved ones in fatal workplace accidents, they do not have to wait for the conclusion of the investigation before pursuing financial relief through the workers' compensation insurance program. They may proceed with the filing of death benefits claims, which will provide compensation for end-of-life expenses. Furthermore, a wage replacement package will form part of the benefits to assist with daily living costs. Surviving family members may utilize the services of an experienced attorney to help them navigate the complicated claims process.
Source: modbee.com, "Modesto worker was electrocuted, coroner and Cal/OSHA confirm", Deke Farrow, April 10, 2018