Most people in California are relieved in the aftermath of the major storm if they escape unscathed. However, once the storm is over, the clean up efforts begin -- efforts that could take several months or years to complete. Unfortunately, the people who must complete these repairs may be at risk of suffering serious workplace injuries. This appears to be the case after an out-of-state accident resulted in a young man's death.
The accident happened at plant complex owned by Marley Flexco. Officials say that a crew was working on installing a skylight at the time of the fatal event. One of the workers, a 19-year-old male who was employed by AWP Roofing, reportedly fell through the skylight opening, falling approximately 25 feet.
The man was transported to a local hospital, but unfortunately passed away a few hours later. A representative for Marley Flexco has expressed the company's condolences to the family. While this representative reports that all safety standards were being followed, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will likely conduct an investigation into the accident. The victim's employee could face fines if violations are discovered.
While an OSHA investigation may provide some degree of comfort to the young man's grieving family by ensuring that no other families will suffer similarly, they must still cope with the grief and shock that accompanies the unexpected loss of a loved one. Many people in California who have lost a loved one as a result of workplace injuries are entitled to workers' compensation insurance benefits. They often seek the guidance of an experienced professional to help them through the process as they seek the compensation they deserve.
Source: timesdaily.com, "Tennessee man dies during industrial accident", Tom Smith, Oct. 7, 2015