Many industries use heavy machinery in order to conduct associated duties. As a result, it is important that workers are properly trained on how to use that machinery and that efforts are taken to avoid accidents as best as possible. Unfortunately, not all accidents are avoided, and serious or fatal workplace injuries could result.
It was recently reported that an accident in California led to the death of one worker and the injuries of another. Apparently, the two individuals worked for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. It was unclear exactly what happened in the accident, but somehow, the two workers became pinned between a wall and a backhoe. Emergency crews came to the scene to attend to the workers.
One of the workers, a man, was taken to an area medical center, but his injuries proved fatal. The other worker, a woman, was transported to an area hospital for treatment, but the extent of her injuries was unknown at the time of the report. An investigation was underway to determine exactly what happened in the incident.
When workplace injuries prove fatal, the surviving loved ones of the victim may wonder what to do. The family of this California man and the surviving worker may find it useful to determine what their options may be for obtaining workers' compensation benefits. The family could potentially obtain survivors' benefits on behalf of the deceased worker, and the surviving worker may be able to obtain assistance of her own. Better understanding the application process and potential outcomes may prove useful to all parties involved.