Most people in California are aware that workplaces can be dangerous. Many dangers may be hidden and unexpected, while others are more obvious. While most employers work hard to safeguard workers from known dangers, accidents can still occur. For example, one man was recently killed as a result of workplace injuries he suffered in an accident.
According to reports, the accident occurred one morning in late July. The man was working as a subcontractor for Huger Nucor. As he worked, he was apparently crushed between two pieces of machinery.
According to emergency responders, the man died at the scene. It took approximately six hours for workers to free him. The incident is currently under investigation by multiple entities, including the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
In some cases, workplace accidents are unavoidable. In addition to causing physical harm to workers and their families, they can also cause financial harm for those who require extensive medical treatment and experience lost wages as a result. Workplace injuries that prove fatal can have a long term financial impact on the worker’s surviving family members, and as a result, states such as California require employers to provide workers’ compensation insurance coverage for employees. The benefits that may be achieved through this coverage can help employees injured at work with medical bills and lost wages. In the event of a fatality, the benefits typically extend to surviving family members and cover funeral costs and an income package for the worker’s covered dependents; however, the process to compensation is sometimes complex, prompting many people to seek help from an experienced professionals to ensure fair treatment.
Source: berkeleyind.com, “NUCOR Steel worker killed in industrial accident”, July 25, 2015