Workplace Accidents: Worker Dies when Trapped by Concrete Slab

California construction workers rely on their employers to protect them from harm by providing safe workplace environments. The California Division of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration prescribe safety regulations to cover all aspects of construction, and workplace accidents may be avoided if company owners comply. Workers must be provided with personal protection equipment and adequate training, and known hazards on construction sites must be addressed.

Sadly, many workers continue to face life-threatening hazards in going about their daily tasks. One such workplace accident claimed the life of a worker at a construction site in Oceanside on a recent Tuesday morning. Fire fighters were called to the site, where a large concrete wall had fallen on a worker. Co-workers immediately removed the heavy slab of concrete from the trapped worker, but all life-saving attempts failed.

The worker died at the scene of the accident. It is not known what caused the fall of the concrete wall. A Cal/OSHA investigation will be launched as is customary in all accidents that claim the lives of workers. While investigating the accident, investigators will check on the company’s compliance with safety regulations, in general, to ensure future workplace accidents are prevented.

Cal/OSHA will propose fines if investigators determine that this man’s death resulted from safety violations. Such action may benefit other workers in this company’s employ, but sadly, it will be too late to save the victim in this accident. Surviving family members of those who die in workplace accidents may find comfort in knowing that the California workers’ compensation program offers financial relief for covered dependents. Death benefits claims may be pursued to seek compensation for end-of-life expenses and lost wages.

Source: sandiego6.com, “Worker killed by falling concrete slab at Oceanside construction site“, Oct. 13, 2015

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