PALO ALTO (CBS SF) — A City of Palo Alto employee who died Saturday in an electrical transformer accident was identified by city officials Sunday as Donatus Okhomina, a “seasoned electrical lineman” who had started working for the city just this month.
Okhomina, 42, had served in the U.S. Air Force and had worked with both PG&E and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District before coming to Palo Alto. He leaves behind a wife and four daughters, ages 17, 14, 11 and 6.READ MORE: UPDATE: Flood Waters Shut Down Lanes Of I-880; Alameda's Harbor Bay Parkway, Silverado Trail In Napa
Saturday’s accident occurred about 9:45 a.m. at 670 E. Meadow Drive near Middlefield Road and involved a five-member City Utilities crew, including Okhomina. None of the other workers were injured.
The crew was working on a service request to upgrade an electrical transformer for nearby utility customer Covenant Presbyterian Church. Okhomina was injured there, and died later at a local hospital.READ MORE: Atmospheric River: Santa Cruz County Officials Lift Evacuation Orders For CZU Fire Burn Zone
The City of Palo Alto notified California’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and is assisting OSHA with its review. A city spokeswoman did not say Sunday whether the death was caused by electrocution or by something else.
The Palo Alto Utilities Department had not reported an on-the-job, work-related death in over 30 years before Saturday.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to support Okhomina’s family and can be found here: Donatus Okhomina Memorial Fund.MORE NEWS: Atmospheric River: San Francisco Bay Area Takes Wild One Day Ride From Extreme Drought To Flooded Streets
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