When a storm strikes a populated area in California or elsewhere, it is often the utility workers that must put in overtime hours to keep the power on, the streets clear and the water flowing. This is true of Pacific Gas and Electric as well as other utility workers and first responders.
A recent spate of storms that hit the west coast caused a number of accidents, some with serious injuries. In one accident, a PG&E employee was killed.
The storms were widespread. Flash flood warnings were issued for the Bay Area as well as for the Santa Cruz Mountains. A mudslide shut down Highway 84 east of Fremont. A state of emergency was declared in Reno, Sparks and Washoe County in Nevada and flooding was also expected along the Truckee River and into parts of Oregon.
In the Sacramento area, wet road conditions were thought to have been the cause of the accident which killed the PG&E worker. He had apparently been working overtime in the Clarksburg area of Yolo County and was returning, when he lost control of his vehicle. He slammed into a traffic pole and died as a result of his injuries.
According to the Center of Disease Prevention and Control, traffic accidents are the number one cause of on-the-job fatalities. The PG&E worker seems to follow those statistics.
Because he was killed while working, his surviving family members should be eligible for workers' compensation survivors' benefits.
Source: NBC News, "San Francisco area gets set for third storm system -- and flight delays, traffic mess," Terry Collins, Dec. 1, 2012
- At our Orange County law firm we represent the surviving family members of those who died in an on-the-job fatal accident as well as those killed due to third-party negligence.