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Vehicle slips off flatbed and causes fatal work-related accident

On Behalf of | Jun 21, 2018 | High Risk Occupations |

California residents who work in a variety of occupations can be injured in a work-related accident. Some jobs are more dangerous than others and leave workers prone to being injured and even dying in a fatal accident. For those who work on roadways and cart vehicles, there is a chance of the death of a worker in the course of employment. Those who have suffered the loss of a loved one in such an accident should be cognizant of the long-term issues they will face and consider a legal filing to be compensated.

According to a recent reports, a 34-year-old city employee died when a vehicle that was about to be carted came loose from the truck and hit her. The accident happened at around 2:00 p.m. The vehicle – a Buick – was in the process of being put on a flatbed when it slipped and rolled into the woman. Two other employees were at the scene, but were not hit. The woman was taken to the hospital and died there. She was a utility plumber and at the site to repair a leak and perform other repairs. She had worked for the city for six years, beginning as an apprentice. She was the mother of a 3-year-old girl. The vehicle was being carted because its transmission was not working. The California Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the accident. No charges were filed against the operator of the truck.

People who work at vocations where they are around heavy equipment and in harm’s way as a matter of course can be in an accident at any time. While certain jobs are viewed as naturally dangerous, including law enforcement, firefighters, nurses and people who work construction, anyone in a physical job working with their hands and in the presence of large tools and vehicles can be injured and killed. The aftermath of a fatal workplace accident will include a funeral and the emotional impact of the sudden loss. The long-term consequences will take time to come to light, but will include lost companionship, lost wages and more. Understanding everything that the family will face is key when thinking about a legal filing due to a death caused in high risk occupations.


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