An industrial worker died in a tragic accident that occurred as he was working on a job site in Glen Ellen. The man was employed by a pool company and was working at a private residence when he was injured on the job. According to the report, the man was crushed as a large piece of heavy equipment rolled over him. Further details about how the incident actually occurred are not available.

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, also known as Cal/OSHA, is investigating the incident, as is local law enforcement. It is not yet known exactly what caused the incident, but the tragic accident serves as a sobering reminder of the importance of workplace safety. This reminder is particularly important for workers who are employed in industrial fields, such as the pool industry. 

As the weather warms up in California, those employed by pool companies will be at an increased risk for accidents as they use heavy equipment and spend long hours working in the heat. Workers who will be using or working in the vicinity of heavy equipment should be properly trained and know how to respond to unexpected situations. Employers have the responsibility to provide a safe work environment for all employees. 

When a worker is killed or injured on the job, certain benefits may be available. Workers’ compensation is designed to cover medical bills and other costs after a work accident, but grieving families may find it difficult to get the help they need after the unexpected death of a loved one. After a tragic work accident, families should seek the counsel of a lawyer experienced in workers’ compensation law.

Source: sfgate.com, “Santa Rosa man dies in Glen Ellen industrial accident“, Kale Williams, May 11, 2015