UPDATE: The city of Palo Alto has identified the Utilities employee who died in a workplace accident on Saturday as Donatus Okhomina. Read our latest story here.
A city of Palo Alto Utilities Department employee died on Saturday morning from injuries that he suffered while upgrading an electrical transformer in south Palo Alto, according to the city.
The employee, whose name is being withheld pending notification of his family, was part of a five-member crew that was upgrading an electrical transformer near East Meadow Drive and Middlefield Road at about 9:47 a.m., according to the city.
After suffering an injury, the man was transferred to a local hospital by the Palo Alto Fire Department. He later died from the injuries at the hospital, according to the news release.
The city crew was upgrading the transformer at the request of a customer, the Covenant Presbyterian Church, which is located at 670 E. Meadow Drive.
The city has notified the state Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which is reviewing the incident with the city's assistance. This is the first work-involved death that a Utilities Department has experienced in more than 30 years, according to the city.
City Manager Ed Shikada issued a statement Saturday evening saying the 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," Shikada said in a statement. "This is a sad reminder of the risks involved in the critical functions that our Utilities employees perform daily."
The Fire Department Honor Guard was posted at the hospital to pay tribute to the employee, according to the city's news release.