Journal of the San Juan Islands


Injured OPALCO lineman improves | Update

September 26, 2013 · 11:11 AM

Doctors at Harborview Medical Center are calling Orcas Power & Light Cooperative's injured journeyman lineman Kevin Zoerb a “Miracle Man.”

Zoerb had successful surgery on his hand, which was burned in a Sept. 20 accident on Lopez Island, when he came into contact with a high voltage line.

The prognosis is good, although he still has challenges ahead, OPALCO said in a recent press release.

Zoerb, a Lopez Island resident, will have several additional surgeries and remain in the burn center for at least another month. The family has set up a Caring Bridge site (http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/kevinzoerb) to provide updates as they occur and a way to send messages to Zoerb and his family.

A “Zoerb Family Fund” has been set up at Islanders Bank to help with expenses. Donations can be made through any Islanders Bank branch. The OPALCO Board has committed $3,000 to the fund and would like to invite co-op members to join it in making donations, in order to meet the family’s needs over the coming months.

A formal investigation of the accident is underway. The co-op maintains it has a strong safety education and training program led by an industry expert, Jeff Myers of Columbia Rural Electric Association. OPALCO's safety committee meets monthly to review safety issues and provide training to both outside and inside staff.


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