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Southern California Edison worker dies of electrocution in industrial accident - Memorial Fund Set Up


Thursday, April 25th, 2013
Issue 17, Volume 17.
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MENIFEE - The public was encouraged to make donations to a memorial fund set up for the Southern California Edison lineman who died in an industrial accident, utility officials said. Edison International, SCE's parent company, already has donated $25,000 to the start the memorial fund for Jose "Raul" Ros, who was killed Thursday while working on an improvement project at a Menifee substation, according to SCE. Ros, 38, of Winchester, was electrocuted while working in an underground electrical vault where authorities said there was an explosion and fire. Ros was a distribution lineman who worked for utility for the past 11 years and was survived by his wife and two daughters. The accident that left three other SCE employees with minor injuries was under investigation, SCE reported. "We are extremely saddened by this tragedy and extend our condolences to Raul's family," SCE President Ron Litzinger said. "Members of the Edison family have expressed their desire to support Raul's family, and with the establishment of the fund, we are able to help them during this extremely difficult time." Donations can be sent to Jose "Raul" Ros Memorial Fund, c/o Edison International Community Investment, 2244 Walnut Grove Ave., Rosemead, Ca 91770. Anyone who has questions about the fund can call (866) 524-8533, according to SCE.

MENIFEE - A Southern California Edison worker was electrocuted and three other workers sustained minor injuries today in an industrial accident involving underground equipment in Menifee, authorities said. The employee -- identified as 38-year-old Jose Raul Ros, of Winchester -- was pronounced dead at the scene of the 7:43 a.m. accident that occurred at an underground electrical vault. There was an electrical explosion and fire, according to the Riverside County Coroner's Office. Ros, a distribution lineman, worked with Edison for 11 years. He is survived by a wife and two daughters. State Occupational Safety and Heath officials determined the employee was electrocuted, ABC7 reported. Three other SCE workers were treated and released for smoke inhalation, the ABC7 report said. SCE spokeswoman Lauren Bartlett said the accident at Murrieta and Ridgemoor roads in Menifee was not related to the copper theft at a nearby SCE facility yesterday afternoon that triggered a power outage. A section of the intersection to Park Avenue was closed to traffic and pedestrians, Riverside County Sheriff's Department officials said. Edison President Ron Litzinger said the company was "deeply saddened by today's tragic event and we extend our heartfelt condolences to Mr. Ros' family." "We are in close contact with the injured employees and counseling is being offered to those affected by this unfortunate accident," Litzinger said.


MENIFEE - A Southern California Edison worker died today in an industrial accident in Menifee, the utility reported. The fatal accident involved underground equipment at Murrieta and Ridgemoor roads, according to an SCE statement. The cause of the 7:47 a.m. accident was under investigation. The name of the employee was withheld pending notification of relatives, an SCE spokeswoman said. The employee was pronounced dead at the scene, Riverside County Fire Department spokeswoman Melody Hendrickson said. Two other SCE workers were taken an area hospital for treatment of minor smoke inhalation, Hendrickson said.


 

7 comments

Comment Profile ImageSCE Family
Comment #1 | Thursday, Apr 25, 2013 at 1:50 pm
So incredibly sad to see another fallen SCE employee. Many do not realize how dangerous this line of work really is. God bless his family and the families of those who were hurt as well.
Comment Profile ImageWildomar resident
Comment #2 | Thursday, Apr 25, 2013 at 2:19 pm
Accident is used too many times in this article.
Anyone who works in an industrial setting knows there really are no accidents.
An incident must have a chain of events that begins with a root cause.
None of those events are accidents.
Go to www.prevent-it.ca.
They give a better explanation than I can.

My heart goes out to the family of the people injured.
Comment Profile ImageYour brother
Comment #3 | Friday, Apr 26, 2013 at 10:00 am
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. my fellow brother, you will never be forgotten
Comment Profile ImageNorthern SCE Family
Comment #4 | Friday, Apr 26, 2013 at 12:11 pm
This theory that all accidents are preventable is only good in theory. There are safety protocols in place to prevent such losses. We as electrical workers can follow all OSHA and company policies and the simple fact is, accidents do happen. Investigations will be conducted by appropriate authorities and we as electrical workers need to rally around the families and let them know that we support them. Your SCE Family in central California is praying for all the families involved.
Comment Profile ImageMaddy
Comment #5 | Friday, Apr 26, 2013 at 2:13 pm
My thoughts and prayers are with his family! His mom is my friend such a wonderful man such a sad loss to Edison Employees and his family! Please be careful out there
Comment Profile ImageCanyon Laker
Comment #6 | Monday, Apr 29, 2013 at 2:58 am
It's very sad when someone is only trying to do their job and they end up getting killed in the process. My condolences to the family of the deceased.

The amount of deadly energy passing through one of those underground power transformers is simply amazing. There is no room for "human error" when working in the proximity of such a lethal amount of energy.

I will be curious to see the final report as to the actual cause of this fatality. Human error? Equipment failure?
Comment Profile ImageReality Checker
Comment #7 | Monday, Apr 29, 2013 at 4:54 am
Quote: "State Occupational Safety and Heath officials (CAL-OSHA) determined the employee was electrocuted." Gee, no #%^* Shirlock! And we pay these people to determine this. I would bet it Probably cost us a couple hundred thousand bucks to have CALOSHA determine that. Incredible. A three year old would immediately know it.
Im sure that statement was incidental to a thorough incident investigation, of course. Then, what the h,,l do they know about electricity, or being an electrician? Squat, Nada, Zip, nothing, that's what. They will have the union goons and company safety officers come in and do their jobs for them and figure out what happened, why, how, when, where, and determine the root cause for them. Then, they will publish that as if it were all their own doing. Bastards. We don't need them, the company and the union would do it anyway, with the same effect, and come up with their own lessons learned.
Why do we need the government up our arses in everything we do? Answer is: WE DONT!! Its not worth the money or the time or effort it takes to inject the gubment into anything.

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