Though the unhappy incident described in your post evokes pity and your earnest attempt to help the family of the deceased deserves the appreciation of this forum, yet I am constrained to submit that how the applicability of the ESI Act,1948 stands subject to certain conditions, thus the applicability of the Employees Compensation Act,1923 is subject to the specified capacity of the employment of the person seeking relief under the Act.
In this connection, you may refer to the provisions of Sec.2(i)(dd) of the Act which defines the term " employee " for the purposes of this social security legislation.
The definition u/s 2(1)(dd) of the Act is divided into three parts - parts (i) and (ii) specifying the persons by designation whereas part (iii) by the capacity of employment as listed in Schedule II of the Act. If you make a perspicacious analysis of the enumerated list, you will realize that employment in administrative or managerial capacity is not there. You have to note that this list is not illustrative but exhaustive.
Therefore, this case is not suitable for claiming compensation under the Act.
20th September 2017 From India, Salem
21st September 2017 From India, Vijayawada