California workers will always be exposed to safety hazards regardless of the industries they work in. The California Division of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration prescribes safety regulations pertaining to every industry, and company owners must comply with those regulations to avoid incidents in which workers suffer injuries due to unsafe workplace environments. However, workplace accidents continue to claim the lives of employees, and many deaths are caused by the disregard of safety regulations.
One such fatal on-the-job accident occurred in the vicinity of Cloverdale at a rock quarry on a recent Monday morning. According to the California Highway Patrol officers who are investigating the accident, a dump truck driver lost his life. They say the truck was traveling on the quarry road when it rolled down a steep embankment. The circumstances that led to the roll-over are yet to be determined.
The driver was apparently ejected from the truck before it came to a halt approximately 200 feet down the embankment. Emergency workers responded but could not save the life of the driver. Because the incident caused the death of a worker, Cal-OSHA launched an investigation to determine whether the fatality was caused by safety violations.
Whenever California families lose loved ones in workplace accidents, they may pursue death benefits through the workers' compensation insurance system. These benefits could be of great help during this difficult time when end-of-life expenses and the sudden loss of income can cause financial difficulties. Once it is established that the death was work-related, the dependents of the deceased worker will receive compensation to cover funeral costs and day-to-day living expenses for a designated period following the tragedy.
Source: pressdemocrat.com, "Driver dies in truck wreck at Cloverdale-area rock quarry", Randi Rossmann, Feb. 22, 2016