OSHA investigates accident causing fatal workplace injuries

The hazards associated with professions such as police officers and firefighters are obvious to many. However, workers in all professions — especially those who work with any type of heavy equipment as part of their employment responsibilities — are at risk of suffering workplace injuries in California. Unfortunately, a recent out-of-state accident exemplifies the risk all workers face.

The accident happened in early February. Officials claim that a 45-year-old woman was using a mixer at approximately 10 a.m. one morning while working at Ream’s Food Stores bakery. As she worked, she reportedly became caught in the augers of the mixers she was using.

Reports indicate that the woman’s clothing may have become caught in the machinery. She died at the scene of the accident. As with other fatal workplace accidents, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched an investigation into the incident. Once its investigation is complete, the woman’s employer could face fines and/or citations if health or safety standards were violated. Typically, OSHA has several months to conduct an investigation and issue a report.

Because of the potential risk of workplace injuries, employers in California are required by law to provide workers’ compensation insurance benefits for their employees. This insurance ensures that workers have financial security in the event they are injured while completing their job responsibilities. In the case of a fatality such as this, these benefits typically extend to certain family members. Many people in similar situations have found the guidance of a professional with experience with such claims beneficial as they negotiate fair compensation.

Source: sltrib.com, “Woman dies in industrial accident at Sandy bakery“, Michael McFall, Feb. 3, 2016

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