Northern California is known for its wineries and vineyards. With that comes the need for workers to do the difficult jobs that are unique to the industry. Oftentimes, this involves heavy equipment and physical labor. Given the dangers of the job, it is inevitable that accidents will happen. As with all high risk occupations, there is a chance that there will be worker death after an accident. These can have significant personal and financial implications for the worker’s family and a wrongful death lawsuit is often needed to recover compensation to move forward.
According to a recent report, a worker at a vineyard died when a piece of equipment fell on him. The man was found when another worker got to the vineyard not long before 8 a.m. The worker was underneath a tiller attachment on a trailer. When emergency personnel arrived, they investigated and believe that the tilling lines of the tractor became tangled with the vineyard wire. As the worker tried to separate them, the attachment fell on top of him and he was crushed. The California Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the incident. If there were any violations regarding safety, Cal/OSHA can cite the business within six months.
Anyone in a physical job will naturally place themselves at risk of a fatal work-related accident. These jobs generally necessitate it. Even with that, there are still safety procedures that should be put in place and the worker should be protected as much as possible. People who are injured and families that lose a loved one in a work accident will be confronted with the lost wages, the funeral costs and the emotional impact of an unexpected death. A full investigation will be conducted by the authorities, but the family may also need to have an advocate to examine the case from their perspective to determine what went wrong.
Source: napavalleyregister.com, “Cal/OSHA: Napa Valley vineyard worker dies in Sonoma County,” May 1, 2018