Industrial accident: Shifting steel beam causes fatal injuries

On Behalf of | Nov 2, 2020 | Workers' Compensation

There are millions of hardworking people in California and across the country who show up to their scheduled shifts and perform the work they have been assigned to the best of their abilities. This includes following recommended safety recommendations. Despite this diligence, they can still fall victim to an industrial accident. For example, a man in another state recently lost his life as a result of crush injuries suffered at work.

The victim of the accident, which happened on a day in October, was a 45-year-old male employed by JWF Industries. Reports indicate that the man worked in the company’s shipping and receiving department. At the time of the accident, the man is believed to have been adjusting a steel beam weighing 3,000 pounds.

Unfortunately, the beam fell on the man. Because of the size of the beam, a forklift was used to free the man. He was transported to the emergency room but later passed away. His autopsy reportedly indicated that he died as a result of blood loss caused by crush injuries.

The incident remains under investigations by both the coroner and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. While they wait for answers, the man’s family will now have to become accustomed to life without their loved one. In addition to adjusting to the emotional consequences of their loss, many people in California who lose a family member in an industrial accident also face significant financial concerns due to lost wages, medical bills and funeral expenses. Though they may be entitled to workers’ compensation insurance benefits, they may be unsure of how to pursue appropriate compensation; fortunately, there are professionals who can help.

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