Paul Ducheneaux Killed in Sidney, MT, Outrigger Accident
Sidney, MT -- October 8, 2016, Paul Ducheneaux was killed due to an accident in which he somehow fell from a work machine.
According to investigation reports released by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Ducheneaux was working for Midwest Power Systems, Inc. at the time of the accident. The company address is listed as PO Box 176 Marquette, MI 49855.
The exact nature of Ducheneaux's work at the time is unclear. The OSHA report states only that he somehow fell off of an outrigger while working, causing fatal injuries.
It's not clear what machinery the outrigger was attached to, and it's unclear how the fall happened. Authorities did not report any additional information.
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I see a lot of these OSHA reports giving very basic and frankly insufficient information about how an accident happened. For instance, the report on this accident simply states, "Worker killed in fall from outrigger." Considering somebody lost their loved one in this accident, I can't see how a six word summary does justice for an accident like this.
I can say that I hope OSHA did their best to inform the surviving family of the details surrounding the accident, but our firm has had clients in the past who didn't hear anything about the incident until an independent investigation was done. An organization like OSHA, after all, has no obligation to help the family of a work fatality victim. They just find violations and issue fines.
Whatever caused this accident needs to be thoroughly investigated. For one, the surviving family deserves to find resolution to the tragedy they've suffered. Just as important, any issues that caused this accident must be addressed as soon as possible so that no one has to suffer the same anguish in the future.
--Grossman Law Offices