Construction workers in California may be aware that their work carries certain risks. Workers have a right to expect that suitable safety procedures are in place and observed at all times. Even with precautions and safeguards, tragic and fatal accidents can still happen. Workers' compensation may be able to assist in such a situation.
A metal worker in Spring Valley was helping to load I-beams on a truck bed. One of the beams fell off the truck and struck him. The accident occurred at West Coast Iron on Jamacha Road. One worker was using a forklift to place the I-beams on the truck. In placing one beam, it struck beams already on the truck, causing three of them to fall to the ground.
The falling beams struck the other man and drove him to the ground. When paramedics arrived, they were unable to find a pulse but were able to revive the injured man. Upon arrival at the hospital, he again had no pulse and was pronounced dead. The California division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) will conduct an investigation to determine if any safety violations contributed to the cause of the accident.
Losing a family member to a fatal workplace accident is horrible experience for anyone. A person in California who loses a loved one in this way may benefit from speaking with an experienced workers' compensation attorney. The compensation plans can provide assistance for accident-related expenses such as medical costs and funeral costs. A lawyer can review the workers' compensation benefits and help to ensure that the surviving family members receive the benefits that they may be entitled to.