Ray Strain, former Assistant Business Manager of Local Union 659 and former Business Representative of the International Office of the IBEW lost his son, Victor Strain, on Monday, September 9, 2013. Victor was checking on his neighbors’ house when it was engulfed in a gas explosion. No other loss of life was report. Victor was a Lineman and member of Local Union 1393.
Updated On: Aug 05, 2013 (09:45:00)
Investigation Report for Accident that occurred July 30, 2013
On July 30, 2013 at approximately 9:45 am, Journeyman Lineman Ben Cool, working for Wilson Construction, died as a result of an electrical contact. The cause of the accident was a difference of potential between two ground sources.
Ben was working on a deenergized Bonneville Power 115kv line in Gold Beach, OR. The crew task for the day was to move a steel horizontal switchgear over two feet, in order to provide better clearance for the jumpers. While Ben was standing on the steel structure he made contact with the Line, which where both grounded at different potentials. All members of his crew and the adjacent crew came to assist in a rescue of Ben Cool. Crew members could not find a pulse, and started doing CPR on him. Paramedics arrived on the scene at approximately 10:05 am to transport Ben to the Hospital.
A Memorial Fund for Ben's daughter has been set up at Wells Fargo, the account number is 7356878509, the fund name is the "Benjamin Cool Memorial Fund".
Ben Cool Funeral Arrangements:
Viewing, Monday the 5th from 6-9 p.m.
Blackmer Funeral Home
305 N. Mill
Service, Wednesday the 7th at 2 p.m.
Saint James Catholic Church
1519 Ripon Ave.
The following information is available:
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