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Workplace accidents: Fall from boom truck causes worker's death

A man working from a boom truck fell from the raised cherry-picker cage to his death. The worker was part of a subcontracting crew that was involved in a project to replace approximately 18,000 streetlights in San Jose. Workers who risk their lives in the cages of boom trucks are always at a risk of falling and must be provided with appropriated fall protection to prevent workplace accidents. Allowing workers to work at heights without proper protection is unacceptable.

As in all workplace accidents that result in severe injuries or fatalities, the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration will launch an investigation into this accident. A thorough investigation will determine whether this worker's employer violated safety regulations that could have contributed to his death. Very little information to indicate what might have lead to the man's fall was made available.

A witness reported that two motorists were involved in an altercation directly underneath the worker's cage. This apparently arose from a road rage incident, but it is unknown whether or not it played a role in the fatal fall that took the life of the worker. It was also not reported whether the man was wearing fall protection at the time of the incident.

When loved ones are lost in workplace accidents, the surviving families may pursue compensation for expenses related to funerals and burials. By filing claims for death benefits with the workers' compensation insurance fund, California families will receive financial aid to cover those costs along with financial packages as compensation for a percentage of lost wages. Although no amount of money will replace loved ones, it may ease the financial hardships that typically follow the deaths of close relatives.

Source: CBS San Francisco, "Worker Killed In Fall From Cherry Picker Truck In San Jose", June 24, 2015

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