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Workplace accidents at fulfillment centers claim yet another life

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health prescribes guidelines and regulations to keep workers safe in all industries. However, many employers disregard those rules, especially at busy times of the year, and that could lead to workplace accidents. Fulfillment centers are bustling in December, and massive volumes of merchandise are moved in facilities of companies like Amazon.

An employee lost his life at an Amazon facility in Sacramento that opened in October. Reportedly, the worker was rushed to a hospital on Dec. 14 because he was vomiting blood. Authorities say he died the following day. There is no indication of the cause of death at this time.

Amazon issued a statement claiming the worker's death was caused by a personal medical condition, thereby denying any violations by the company. However, Cal/OSHA has launched an investigation to examine the company's compliance with safety regulations. The media report indicates that this facility's employees claimed unfair labor practices related to denied rest breaks and the lack of compensation for overtime in a class action lawsuit that they filed in November.

Regardless of who was at fault when employees die in workplace accidents in California, the surviving family members may be entitled to claim death benefits through the workers' compensation insurance system. However, if the employer claims the death was not work-related, the claims process could become very complicated very quickly, and the services of an experienced workers' compensation attorney can prove invaluable. A lawyer will be able to provide support and guidance throughout the process as well as with any appeals for denied claims.

Source: sacbee.com, "Sacramento Amazon facility under government investigation after worker's death", Benjy Egel, Dec. 21, 2017

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