It is always sad when a long-time employee dies while on the job. When a worker has been with a company for a significant amount of time, he or she tends to have built a community around the workplace, in California or elsewhere. In these instances, construction workers' accidents can be an emotional loss for an employee's workplace community as well as his or her family.
This was the situation in a recent construction accident which left a 46-year-old worker dead. The man was a long-time employee of Duran Excavating. The owner of the construction firm said he was a valuable worker. The owner visited with the man's family. He also expressed his sadness to the victim's family and is doing everything he can to help authorities investigate the incident.
The incident occurred as the construction crew was working on a flood repair project one morning in mid-October. Apparently, the man was run over by a truck that was backing up. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration sent an investigator to the scene to determine what may have caused the tragic accident. As of now, there have not been any fines levied as a result of safety violations. OSHA investigations typically take up to six months to complete.
More than likely, it will be the decedent's family that will be the most affected by the unexpected death of a loved one. This can be particularly hard if the decedent brought in a significant part of the household income. Fortunately, families who have lost loved ones to construction workers' accidents may be able to find some help with paying the bills. Many in California have obtained financial help by filing for death benefits via the workers' compensation insurance program.
Source: Boulder Daily Camera, "Construction worker involved in flood repair killed by semi on Lefthand Canyon Drive", Charlie Brennan, Oct. 17, 2014