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Fatal work-related accident kills waste facility mechanic

On Behalf of | Jul 5, 2019 | High Risk Occupations |

Any job in California can lead to injuries and even fatalities. While many carry a certain level of danger to the workers who perform them, there are certain types of work – construction, law enforcement, firefighters, transit workers and waste collection – that are riskier than most jobs. People who are required to be around large vehicles, heavy equipment and must go toward a difficult situation instead of away from it can face injuries and death. The workers and their families are aware of this, but it is still a shock when the worst happens and there is death of a worker in the course of employment. For maximum compensation, having legal advice can be beneficial.

An early morning accident claimed the life of a worker at a waste facility. The accident happened at around 5 a.m. According to the investigation, one employee was operating a loader. He backed up and hit another employee who he did not see. The employee who was hit died in the accident. The man was employed as a mechanic and was 55. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) is moving forward with an investigation into the fatal accident. It will assess the situation to see if violations had been committed that led to the incident.

When a worker is in a high-risk occupation, safety procedures take on an added significance. If an employee or the workplace fails to adhere to the safety requirements and there is an accident, it is important for evidence to be accrued when seeking workers’ compensation or death benefits. Families that have lost a loved one in a fatal work-related accident will have a lot to consider. Included is the financial and personal loss. Although it is generally understood that some jobs hold greater risk than others, no one is expecting to lose a loved one in a work accident.

A waste facility was the site of a worker death when one employee backed a vehicle into a co-worker. As the investigation proceeds, the family left behind must be cognizant of their rights. A law firm that understands all areas of workers’ compensation, getting survivor benefits and helping those who lost a loved one in high risk occupations can be contacted for guidance.