Dixon & Daley, LLP
Call For A Free Consultation
Phone: 562-567-0426
Toll-Free: 800-671-3818
In This Section

Goodwill didn't show charity in preventing workplace injuries

Every California employer is required to provide a safe work environment. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health recently ruled that a company known for its charity work failed to provide proper training to its employees. In fact, Cal/OSHA accuses a Goodwill location here in the state of serious and willful violations in the aftermath of fatal workplace injuries suffered by one of its workers.

On Sept. 30, 2016, the 26-year-old dock worker was helping make sure that a trash compactor and a heavy metal bin were properly aligned. The man's head was crushed when a truck driver released the cable holding the bin. The incident was tragic, but might not be the worst part of the story. A witness to the accident previously warned his superiors about certain dangers and even put his concerns in writing.

The Sacramento Goodwill location failed to heed the written warnings, which means that the death was preventable. In fact, Cal/OSHA found that none of the dock employees received the required safety training for the compactors. Goodwill shot back by saying that the employee making the allegations is a disgruntled employee who the company felt was responsible for the accident.

Despite the differences of opinion between Cal/OSHA and Goodwill, a family lost a loved one to grisly workplace injuries. It turns out that the man left behind a 7-year-old son. Death benefits from the California workers' compensation system could help with the victim's funeral and burial, along with the loss of his income. However, if the evidence suggests that gross negligence caused or contributed to his death, a wrongful death claim against Goodwill might lead to the recovery of additional damages. An attorney could be invaluable in making these choices.

Source: sacbee.com, "Goodwill fined more than $100K after worker crushed to death", Marjie Lundstrom, April 8, 2017

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Case Results

  1. $4.5 Million Settlement

    Medical Malpractice - Hypoxic brain injury during surgery.

  2. $2.9 Million Settlement

    Construction site accident resulting in cervical fusion

  3. 100% Permanent Disability Award

    Workers Compensation - Multiple injuries to State worker

  4. $1.6 Million Settlement

    Truck v. pedestrian accident resulting in multiple factures.

  5. $1.2 Million Structure Settlement

    Workers Compensation - spine injury with guaranteed payments for life.

  6. $1.2 Million Settlement

    Motorcycle v. car accident resulting in multiple fractures and scarring.

  7. $933,000.00 Settlement

    Child burned when table collapsed spilling scalding water from coffee um.

  8. $850,000.00 Settlement (Before MICRA)

    Medical Malpractice - Endotracheal injury during surgery resulting in death.

  9. $780,000.00 Settlement

    Disputed liability car v. truck collision.

  10. $500,000.00 Settlement

    Workers Compensation - Spinal injuries to delivery driver.

Read More

Contact Us For a Free Consultation

Get Legal Help Now

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy