Employers in California must protect their workers from harm. The responsibility includes informing employees of the work-related hazards they might encounter, and safety training on how to mitigate the dangers they face. It applies to all workers, regardless of whether they work on or off-site. This is to prevent workplace accidents, and although workers’ compensation benefits can provide financial assistance to injured employees or the surviving family members of deceased workers, it could never replace lost lives.
In the early morning of a recent Wednesday, police officers responded to a scene of a work-related accident was reported. This industrial accident occurred at the headquarters of a waste management company. Reportedly, a worker was struck and killed by a loader that was backing up. Authorities say the operator of the loader could not see the worker on the ground.
The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health will likely investigate this incident as it does in all fatal workplace accidents. As a part of the investigation, the employer’s compliance with safety regulations will be determined. However, regardless of the outcome of such an investigation, the victim’s surviving family members will be eligible for financial assistance.
An attorney who has experience in dealing with the California workers’ compensation insurance system can provide the necessary support and guidance throughout the claims procedure. The death benefits typically cover the costs of a funeral and burial. Furthermore, a financial package to replace lost wages might be awarded to assist the surviving family members with day-to-day living expenses and financial obligations.