Donatus Okhomina Palo Alto: Lineman Donatus Okhomina Died In Palo Alto Electrocution Accident At Covenant Presbyterian Church On East Meadow Drive —-> Support The Family Through Go Fund Me
PALO ALTO, CALIFORNIA (November 21, 2019) – A lineman identified as Donatus Okhomina has tragically died in a car accident that took place at the Covenant Presbyterian Church along East Meadow Drive.
Authorities are saying that the Palo Alto Utilities employee was upgrading an electrical transformer at the Covenant Presbyterian Church.
Dispatchers are saying that Donatus Okhomina was electrocuted and still in the boom truck by the time police arrived. The boom truck came into contact with power lines. No other employees were injured in the accident.
Paramedics were called to the scene in order to take the victim to the hospital. Despite life-saving measures he later died due to his injuries.
Donatus Okhomina worked for PG&E and the air-force before working for the city as a lineman. He is survived by his wife and five children.
You can help support the family of the victim by donating to the Go Fund Me page set up for them. An investigation into the accident remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Transformer Electrocution Accidents
The work that linemen do is extremely important but can also be very dangerous. According to OSHA, “Employees working on and around power transmission and distribution systems face grave dangers from electrocution, falls, and other serious hazards. Workers employed in the construction of these systems have a risk of between 17 and 23 deaths per thousand workers over a working lifetime of 45 years.” There are a number of safety measures that can help prevent electrocutions including:
- Compliance with all OSHA electrical safety standards
- Utility companies should know the location of underground and overhead power-lines
- Ensure electrical equipment is grounded and double insulated
- Employees should be trained in the proper lock-out/tag-out procedures.
Cities and companies are required to purchase worker’s compensation insurance to help protect worker’s in the event of an accident. According to the California Department of Industrial Relations Workers Compensation Guidebook, “If you get hurt on the job, your employer is required by law to pay for workers’ compensation benefits.” Some of the benefits that come with worker’s compensation include:
- Medical Care
- Temporary Disability Benefits
- Permanent Disability Benefits
- Death Benefits
What many workers and their families may not realize is that the worker’s compensation system may not be their only recourse after an accident. Depending on the facts of any case an injured worker or their family may have legal recourse through a third party liability claim. A third party liability claim may be possible if an entity separate from a worker’s employer was responsible for the accident.
For example, a boom truck manufacturer could be liable for an electrocution accident if they failed to install safety devices on their truck. Electrocutions are a known risk with boom trucks and these can be mitigated when the trucks have proper insulation and warning devices. High voltage proximity detection systems can detect electrical currents in the air and prevent the trucks from coming into contact with power lines. It’s important that evidence is properly preserved and collected after an accident.
The family of any worker that died in an electrocution accident may have legal recourse through California Code of Civil Procedure 377.60. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills, funeral expenses and loss of love. Potential beneficiaries in a civil claim may include a victim’s spouse, children, siblings and parents. A wrongful death attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal rights are.
Investigating A Palo Alto Electrocution Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Donatus Okhomina. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to OSHA officials as they continue to investigate. It is our sincere hope that measures are put in place to help prevent additional accidents like this.
Have you or someone that you care about been involved in a workplace accident? There are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any legal questions that you may have. We are committed to making sure that accident victims are aware of their rights so that they can make informed decisions. Whether you just have questions about the law or need a free, independent investigation into an accident we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.