Industrial workers in California, who operate heavy machinery, may be aware of the potential dangers they are exposed to on a daily basis. However, it is often questioned whether company owners and supervisors recognize those dangers. While the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) prescribes strict safety regulations to avoid injuries or death of factory workers, many company owners seem to disregard the well-being of their employees.
A 49-year-old worker in another state recently lost his life while he was operating an aluminum press. Emergency workers arrived within minutes but could not save the life of the worker. An OSHA investigation is underway, and it was stated that such an investigation could take six months to complete. Few details were reported, and it is unknown whether guard rails were installed at the press to prevent the worker from injury.
OSHA reported that the company had received two previous citations in the past, both involving the absence of guard rails. While the investigation is underway to determine whether the company failed in protecting its workers, the family of the deceased worker may be facing the high costs of a funeral and burial, along with other final expenses. In addition, they will now have to cope without his income and may be experiencing financial difficulties.
Fortunately, most California factory workers are covered by the workers’ compensation insurance fund. The families of workers who lost their lives at the workplace may be eligible to claim benefits from the fund. In addition to end-of-life expenses and a portion of lost wages, the fund may also provide a compensation package for the surviving spouse. In the event of a claim being denied, the family may want to obtain professional assistance to resolve the issue.
Source: wytv.com, “OSHA checking on death at Niles factory”, Aug. 6, 2014