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Workplace accidents: Contract worker crushed by steel support

The California Division of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating a tragic death that occurred on the site at which a BottleRock music concert recently took place. The person who lost his life was an employee of a company that was contracted to dismantle the equipment after the event. According to Cal/OSHA, the agency had investigated two previous workplace accidents in 2005 and 2008 in which employees of this contracting company had suffered amputation injuries.

In this latest incident, the 36-year-old worker was reportedly helping with the dismantling of the metal A-frame of the VIP tent. While breaking down the large frame, one of the metal posts apparently landed on the worker, crushing him face-down on the ground. It is suspected that he was carrying the beam when he tripped, lost control and fell.

Other workers removed the steel post from the injured man, and when emergency workers arrived, CPR was performed. He was rushed to a nearby hospital but succumbed to his injuries later. Although an autopsy was scheduled for later that week, it was believed that the man's death was caused by blunt force trauma.

The surviving family members of victims of fatal workplace accidents are entitled to pursue death benefits through the California workers' compensation insurance system. Along with compensation to cover the costs of end-of-life arrangements, the program typically also provides a financial package over a predetermined period. This is to help covered dependents cope with daily living expenses and obligations such as rent or mortgage.

Source: napavalleyregister.com, "Cal-OSHA investigating death of worker at BottleRock site", Maria Sestito, June 3, 2016

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