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Workplace accidents: Heavy equipment causes employee's death

California employees in the manufacturing industry typically face a host of safety hazards every day -- many of which could be life-threatening. Any owner of an industrial plant has a significant responsibility to protect the safety and health of employees. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health expects employers to comply with the prescribed safety regulations to prevent workplace accidents.

Many of the safety regulations involve the need to protect operators of equipment and machines from injuries caused by moving machine parts, and means such as lockout/tag-out devices and safeguards must be installed. Sadly, not all employers prioritize employee safety, and too many industrial workers lose their lives on the job. A recent incident at an Irvine industrial facility caused the death of a worker.

Reportedly, the workplace accident happened at a plant where metal pipes and tubing are manufactured. A 50-year-old worker was killed while he was operating heavy machinery. No more details about the circumstances that led to the incident were made available. Authorities say emergency workers were called to the scene at approximately 11 a.m. on a recent Friday, and found the worker deceased when they arrived at the plant.

California families who have experienced similar traumatic losses of loved ones in workplace accidents might be eligible for death benefits through the workers' compensation insurance system. They will be free to secure the help of an experienced workers' compensation attorney to help them with the filing of the benefits claims. Covered dependents of deceased employees may receive benefits to assist with the high costs of end-of-life arrangements along with wage-replacement packages to cover lost income.

Source: mynewsla.com, "Irvine employee killed in heavy machinery accident", Christina Kelley, Dec. 1, 2017

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