While all occupations hold some degree of risk of injury, certain jobs hold an even greater risk. For example, those who are required to work at great heights or with machinery could suffer serious injuries if involved in an accident. For example, a tree trimmer in California recently suffered fatal workplace injuries while completing work-related tasks.
The incident that resulted in the 39-year-old man's death reportedly happened one afternoon on a day in late July. According to reports, he was working with a co-worker when he fell over 50 feet. Two off-duty nurses who were passing by stopped to render aid.
Despite their efforts, the man died at the scene as a result of injuries suffered in the fall. The incident remains under investigation by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health as investigators work to determine if any workplace safety violations preceded the accident. In the meantime, the victim's daughter has released a statement saying that the man was passionate about both his family and his work.
While Cal/OSHA's investigation will work to prevent similar accidents from happening in the future, those efforts will likely do little to ease the turmoil the deceased California man's family is experiencing as a result of their loss. Often, families who lose a loved one due to workplace injuries are unprepared for both the emotional and financial burden such an event can create. As such, states require employers to provide workers' compensation insurance coverage for their employees; these benefits can extend to certain family members in the event of a fatality. A professional with experience with the compensation process can help the grieving family seek a fair settlement.