Construction work is dangerous. For employees who work on their own, it can be even more hazardous. If construction workers' accidents occur, there must always be other workers nearby who can help or call for help. A lone worker can suffer a medical emergency, and with no one around, it could lead to his or her death. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health Administration has many questions about the death of a worker who appeared to have been alone when he died.
According to police reports, the workplace accident occurred at a commercial construction site in Irvine on a recent Wednesday. Cal/OSHA is investigating the circumstances that may have caused the death of a 60-year-old worker. He was reportedly an employee of an Orange County crane company.
His body was discovered on the ground next to a crane. Indications are that his death had something to do with the crane, but no clear evidence was immediately available. A thorough investigation will likely produce the answers and determine whether the company violated safety regulations.
Regardless of who may have been at fault when deaths occur in construction workers' accidents, the surviving family members may pursue death benefits claims. Once the California workers' compensation insurance system has established that a death was work-related, the benefits typically paid will assist the dependents of a deceased worker with a financial package to cover financial obligations for a pre-determined period after the death. Furthermore, compensation for end-of-life expenses is also awarded.
Source: ocregister.com, "Update: San Bernardino County man identified as construction worker killed in Irvine", Alyssa Duranty, Feb. 3, 2016