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Workplace accidents: Equipment rental employee crushed to death

The California Division of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the tragic death of an employee of an equipment rental company. The man reportedly lost his life on a recent Friday at a construction site in San Francisco. The negligent operation of aerial lifts have been known to cause fatalities in workplace accidents, and Cal/OSHA will determine whether this was the case in this fatality, or whether equipment malfunction may be to blame.

The man reportedly arrived at the construction site of a multi-million dollar expansion project to fetch a boom lift that the construction company had rented. Reportedly, the man entered an area blow ground level where he was planning to drive the aerial lift onto the back of a flatbed truck. He was apparently in the basket of the cherry picker when the lift unexpectedly elevated.

He was crushed against the concrete ceiling of the underground level where he was working. Sadly, the man's life could not be saved, and he was declared dead at the construction site. No other workers were involved in this incident. Work at the site was suspended for the remainder of the day.

Whenever lives are lost in workplace accidents in California, the surviving family members are entitled to pursue claims for financial relief. Death benefits claims may be filed with the workers' compensation insurance system. Along with compensation to cover funeral and burial costs, the insurance program typically provides financial assistance to help covered dependents with living expenses during this difficult period after the loss of a loved one.

Source: sfgate.com, "Construction worker crushed to death at Moscone Center", Steve Rubenstein, May 13, 2016

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