A California man was working at a company owned by Volvo on a recent Thursday morning when he was struck and killed by a piece of heavy equipment. The 48-year-old man was a field service technician and was underneath a lifted front-end wheel loader when he was fatally injured on the job. The wheel loader was on support stands, but somehow slipped off the stands and fell on the man.
When fire personnel arrived, the victim was crushed and trapped beneath the machinery. He likely died immediately upon the impact, as the coroner pronounced the man dead at the incident scene. Luckily, no one else was injured.
California OSHA says that no prior safety violations are in the records for this company. However, the investigation is ongoing to determine exactly what caused the equipment to slip and fall on the man. It may be that the support stands malfunctioned or something else entirely. For the present time, no work is being conducted at this facility and the company says they are working and will continue to work with the proper authorities to get to the bottom of the cause of this unfortunate incident.
Heavy equipment, such as what was used in this incident, can cause serious injury or death, in some cases. Safety devices are required to avoid someone getting injured on the job, but sometimes, those devices fail. An investigation will be conducted for this particular incident, as it would with other similar accidents, and the primary focus will likely be whether the support stands where indeed strong enough for the machinery.
The information from the investigation will possibly help ease his loved ones’ minds although nothing will ever be able to replace him. However, when a loved one is killed on the job in California, survivors have the right to receive death benefits. These death benefits may not bring the man back to life, but it will assist with funeral expenses and to fill the gap of the lost income.
Source: abclocal.go.com, Fatal industrial accident investigated in San Leandro, No author, Feb. 14, 2014