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City workers in Northern California are a vital part of keeping the area running smoothly. Oftentimes, their contributions go unnoticed as people expect the municipalities to function even if repair and maintenance is needed. These jobs can be dangerous, with workers in harm’s way as they perform their duties. When there is an accident, it can lead to serious injuries. In the worst-case scenario, there can be a fatality. When a family suffers the loss of a loved one in a fatal work-related accident, it will be a difficult time. To receive compensation for their loss, families may need to consider legal options.

According to reports, a city employee who had recently been hired was killed when he was working on a project upgrading an electrical transformer. The 42-year-old man was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He worked in other locations in the energy industry before his new job. The accident happened in the morning not long before 10 a.m. Five workers were involved in the project. No one else was hurt. The man was taken to the hospital, where he died. He was married and had four children – all daughters – ages 6, 11, 14 and 17. An investigation into the accident is ongoing, with the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration leading the way. It is not yet known whether he was electrocuted or there was another cause for his injuries and death.

Jobs in which people place themselves in harm’s way are known to have a propensity of accidents with fatalities. These are often law enforcement jobs, healthcare jobs or physical labor jobs in which people are working with dangerous items and equipment. For those working on repairs and maintenance with electricity, it is an unfortunate reality that they can be hurt, sometimes fatally. When there is a fatal work-related accident, there are many issues that must be settled, such as funeral expenses, survivor benefits and determining how and why the accident occurred in order to seek other forms of compensation.

After a fatal work accident, those who are left behind must think about the future. The man who died in this case had four young children. As his family tries to move on, they must make certain they are protected after an accident in high risk occupations.