Factories help produce consumer and industry goods that are important for the national economy. However, workers in factories are regularly at risk due to the heavy machinery they work with on a daily basis, in California and across the country. This type of environment opens up the risk of potential workplace injuries occurring. In the worst case scenario, an accident at a factory can result in death.
This is what had happened to one 61-year-old worker employed at a peanut factory. The incident happened one morning in early October. Apparently, he had been working on a front end loader at the time. Somehow, the loader’s hydraulic system ended up falling on the man. The man was pronounced dead after the tragic accident.
Since the incident, Occupational Health and Safety Administration officials arrived at the factory to investigate the accident in order to determine whether any safety violations may have occurred. Factory operations reportedly returned back to normal on the day following the fatal accident. Many members of the community expressed their remorse, describing the victim as a friendly person.
Unfortunately, the community will have to face the fact that the man’s life is now lost forever. However, there is still the victim’s surviving family to consider, since the man may have brought home a significant amount of the family income. Fatal workplace injuries, such as this one, can cause a financial crisis for a family in California or elsewhere. The man’s family are likely entitled to death benefits through the state-regulated workers’ compensation insurance system, and help is available to pursue all applicable benefits.
Source: walb.com, “Community remembers worker killed in workplace accident“, Irisha Jones, Oct. 3, 2014