When a California worker carries out his or her duties, he or she can reasonably expect that the employer in question has provided all necessary information, training and equipment to help lower the risk of injury on the job. When workplace accidents occur, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration(OSHA) often opens an investigation. This is especially true if a particular accident results in a fatality.
In another state, an industrial accident took the life of an employee. The details of the accident were not disclosed, but the 18-year-old was working at a packaging center that provides distribution services to manufacturers. Rescue workers were dispatched; however, the worker had already expired by the time they reached the scene.
The tragedy occurred at approximately 9:30 a.m. on a recent Thursday. OSHA is investigating the incident. No additional details were provided regarding what type of industrial accident occurred that resulted in the worker’s death. It is not uncommon for such investigations to take weeks or even months to complete.
When California employees die or suffer injury in workplace accidents, recovering workers or immediate family members of deceased workers can file compensation claims to collect benefits after reporting an accident to the employer. Workers’ comp often provides benefits to help pay medical bills or replace lost wages. Many people encounter challenges as they navigate the system, especially if an insurance agency tries to deny a claim. To overcome any legal obstacles that arise, it is always best to meet with an experienced employment law attorney before filing a workers’ comp claim.