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Workplace accidents: UPS big rig kills UPS worker

Whenever vehicles are moving about a work site, those working on foot are at risk. Company owners have to establish a vehicle safety protocol to limit the speed of vehicles and ensure that all workers are aware of the hazardous areas in order to prevent workplace accidents. A California worker recently lost his life when he was struck by a company vehicle.

According to a police report, the fatal accident occurred in West Sacramento at the parking lot of a UPS distribution hub. The details of the incident are limited, but the police report indicated that a UPS worker was walking in the parking lot at about 9 p.m. when he was run over by a UPS big rig. He reportedly became trapped under the truck, and emergency workers had to extricate him.

The worker, who had been a UPS employee for 28 years, was rushed to a local hospital in critical condition. Sadly, he succumbed to his injuries, and he was pronounced dead sometime after he was admitted to the hospital. Police reported that the UPS company and the driver are fully cooperating with the investigation. The California Division of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will launch a separate investigation to determine whether this man's death was due to safety violations.

Although the surviving family members may be overwhelmed by the sadness of their loss, they may find some comfort in knowing that the California workers' compensation insurance system may provide financial relief. Death benefits claims may be pursued by surviving family members of workers who lost their lives in fatal workplace accidents. Successful claims usually provide compensation for medical expenses and end-of-life costs along with a financial package to cover lost wages and help the dependents with financial obligations and living expenses.

Source: kcra.com, "UPS worker hit, killed by UPS big rig in West Sacramento", Sarah Heise, Jan. 8, 2016

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