A 35-year-old man was recently electrocuted on the job and subsequently died from his injuries. According to a local sheriff's report, the accident occurred at about 9:45 a.m. while he was working on a transfer box at the Bonneville electrical power substation near Gold Beach, Oregon. Sherriff's deputies and a local ambulance crew responded to the scene. CPR was administered, and he was transported to Curry General Hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries. An investigation by the Sheriff's office, OSHA and the Bonneville Power Administration is underway.
In this case, the facts surrounding the death of this man have not been reported. Each time an employee is injured or killed at work, negligence on the part of someone or some piece of equipment used by the worker may be the reason behind the accident. In the state of Oregon, workers who have been injured as the result of an accident at work have the right to seek compensation.
In the case of a worker who has lost his or her life because of a workplace accident, the family that employee left behind has a similar right to seek relief for medical and funeral costs, as well as for the pain and suffering of losing that loved one. A case involving these types of accidents may prove to be difficult in terms of establishing the exact nature of the surrounding facts and accurately determining fault.
An attorney experienced in workers' compensation may be able to help families in Oregon who are facing similar circumstances. Most individuals lack sufficient expertise to pursue a matter of this magnitude. An attorney may be able to help the family seek compensation.
Source: KBOI, "Idaho man electrocuted, dies in Curry County", July 30, 2013