Roadways are lifelines for people in the United States. Not only do they facilitate the transport of goods, they also allow people to get from place to place, including to their occupations. Because of their importance, roads must be properly maintained. Unfortunately, those who work to ensure that roadways are safe may be putting their lives at risk. For example, a man was recently killed in a California in a work-related accident stemming from a transportation project.
The incident happened on a day in November. According to reports, the man was a part of a crew involved in a road paving project. Reports indicate that the crew was employed by Matich Corporation.
The victim, a 41-year-old man, is said to have been in the blind spot of a truck loaded with gravel. The truck reportedly backed over him, and he died at the scene. His identity was not released in the immediate aftermath of the accident.
Several different agencies are investigating the work-related accident, including Cal/OSHA, the California Highway Patrol and local authorities. The man’s employers could face citations, fines or some combination of both if it is determined that violations of work and safety standards occurred in the events leading up to the accident. In the meantime, the victim’s surviving family members must come to terms with their unexpected loss. While they may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, many people are unsure of how the process works and unable to negotiate a fair settlement while grieving their loss. Fortunately, there are professionals who can help.