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Workplace accidents: Crane topples over to kill truck driver

The owners of California companies that use heavy equipment such as cranes in their operations are bound by law to eliminate known safety hazards. Along with providing proper training for the operators of such equipment, workers who move about at ground level must also be made aware of the dangers they may face. Workplace accidents involving cranes all too often claim the lives of workers in the vicinity of industrial equipment.

A 58-year-old worker in another state recently lost his life when a crane tipped over on him. A police report indicates that they were called to the scene of an industrial accident on a recent Monday morning. Upon arrival, they found the body of the deceased worker trapped by equipment. Preliminary investigations determined that the worker was at ground level when the falling crane struck him.

The man was reportedly the driver of the big rig that transported the crane's counterweights. As the crane was lifting the counterweights off the truck, the truck driver apparently moved to the opposite side of the crane. The reasons for him walking to the other side and for the crane toppling over are yet to be determined. None of the other workers on the site was injured, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration was informed. A thorough accident investigation may provide further information about the cause of the accident.

It is within the rights of California victims of workplace accidents -- including the families of workers killed on the job -- to pursue claims for workers' compensation benefits. Regardless of who was at fault, the insurance program typically provides benefits to cover medical expenses and a portion of lost wages. In the event of a fatality, the benefits will cover the costs of a funeral and burial and a financial package for the victim's dependents, based on the last income level of the deceased worker.

Source: newswest9.com, "Industrial Accident Kills Employee", Eric Onyechefule, Dec. 15, 2015

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