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Workplace accidents: Fatal fall at Amazon warehouse

The safety of workers at Amazon facilities has been the subject of many discussions in recent months. Workplace accidents at this company's warehouses have caused many injuries and even deaths nationwide. The most recent incident claimed a worker's life at a California facility.

According to an accident report, the fire department of Kent County received an emergency call at about 3 p.m. on a recent Saturday. Emergency workers rushed to an Amazon facility at which a construction project was underway. They arrived to find a worker who had fallen from a steel structure of which the height is unknown. Sadly, the 42-year-old iron worker succumbed to his injuries before he could be transported to a medical facility.

Employers in California are responsible for the safety of all workers, and that includes providing the necessary personal protective equipment. However, it is not clear whether this worker wore fall protection at the time of the incident that claimed his life. Reportedly, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health was notified of this workplace fatality, and an investigation will likely follow to determine not only the cause of the incident but also the company's compliance with safety regulations.

Regardless of the outcome of Cal/OSHA investigations, the surviving family members of workers who lost their lives in workplace accidents can proceed with filing benefits claims with the California workers' compensation program. This is a no-fault system that pays survivor's benefits regardless of who was at fault. An attorney who is experienced in this field can assist with the navigation of claims for benefits to cover end-of-life expenses and a financial package to make up for lost wages.

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