By the Daily Post staff
A Palo Alto Utilities Department lineman was killed this morning (Nov. 16) while working on an electrical transformer at 670 E. Meadow Drive near Middlefield Road.
Dispatchers told police officers headed to the scene that the lineman had been electrocuted. They said he would still be in the bucket of a utilities boom truck when they arrived.
The city, in its first statement about the incident at 5:42 p.m., didn’t identify the employee. The city said it will release his name after family members are notified.
In the statement, the city said a five-member crew was upgrading the transformer when the man was killed at 9:47 a.m. Firefighters took the employee to a hospital.
City spokeswoman Meghan Horrigan-Taylor said the incident occurred on E. Meadow between Fire Station No. 4 and Covenant Presbyterian Church.
Nobody else was reported injured.
The city says this is its first workplace death in 30 years.
The city has notified California’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which will investigate the death.
“Our entire city family is saddened by the tragic loss of one of our own. Our condolences are with the family of our employee during this extremely difficult time,” said Ed Shikada, city manager. “This is a sad reminder of the risks involved in the critical functions that our utilities employees perform daily.”
The Palo Alto Fire Department Honor Guard is posted at the hospital to pay tribute to the employee who lost his life.