Union ironworker dies after workplace accident at Benson High School


Members of Ironworkers Local 29 are grieving the loss of a coworker who died after on-the-job injuries at the Benson High School remodel project.

Battle Ground resident Samantha “Sam” Deschenes, 33, was a fourth-year apprentice and actively involved member of the union. She was injured May 30 in an accident involving a forklift, and died in a hospital two days later. Oregon’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the accident. 

Local 29 issued a statement saying the family has requested privacy and respect as they grieve. Deschenes leaves behind a nine-year-old son. The Local is calling for contributions to support her family online at ironworkerscu.org/donate or by mailing a check or calling the credit union at (877) 769-4766.


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