Not only does the family of a man who recently lost his life in a workplace accident at an industrial site in another state have to cope with their grief, they may also be facing financial hardship. California residents may be aware that when a breadwinner dies after suffering a work injury, the family may not be able to manage financially without an income from the deceased. In addition, they will be confronted by the high costs of a funeral and burial.

While the investigation is underway, preliminary reports indicate that a 36-year-old crane operator was thrown from a crane that was flipping over. The worker sustained critical injuries that led to his death. An Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigation is also underway. Another OSHA investigation relating to the death of a worker at the same facility in December is still open.

Employers and contractors have a responsibility to ensure a safe working environment for their workers. OSHA has very strict rules and regulations relating to the safety of workers and may impose heavy fines when companies fail to comply. It was reported that the company on whose site the death occurred has been the subject of four previous inspections.

The family of the deceased worker may want to gain information relating to the necessary procedures for filing a claim for workers’ compensation death benefits. As with other states, the purpose of California workers’ compensation laws is to compensate workers who suffer a work injury or become ill on the job. When a fatality occurs, the surviving dependents of the worker are entitled to pursue claims for death benefits. These benefits typically cover funeral and burial costs, along with survivor benefits for any dependents left behind.

Source: freep.com, “Worker killed in Ecorse crane accident ID’d as Warren man”, Christina Hall, April 7, 2014