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Workplace accidents: Demolition project claims worker's life

The last thing wished on any family during the holidays is losing a loved one in circumstances that might have been prevented. According to the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health compliance with safety regulations can prevent workplace accidents, but sadly, lives continue to be lost on construction sites. A recent incident claimed the life of a 39-year-old resident from Woodland.

According to authorities, the incident occurred on a recent Monday shortly before 3 p.m. on one of the two Marin Islands that form part of the Marin Islands National Wildlife Refuge. The worker was part of a crew involved in a demolition project. Under the circumstances yet to be determined, a stone and concrete retaining wall collapsed onto him.

After receiving the emergency call, firefighters rushed to the island on fireboats. Crews worked to free the trapped construction worker from the rubble, but sadly, he had already succumbed to his injuries. His body was transported to the mainland by helicopter. Safety authorities will likely investigate the death of this worker to determine the cause and the safety precautions that were in place at the time.

Families who lose loved ones in workplace accidents in California might be eligible for workers' compensation benefits. An experienced workers' compensation attorney can assist with the legal and administrative steps of the benefits claims process. The state-regulated insurance provider typically cover the end-of-life expenses along with a financial package to make up for lost wages and ease the unanticipated financial burden of daily living expenses and other obligations.

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