Working on and around tractors pose multiple hazards on farms and any other industrial facilities where these vehicles are used. California employers are responsible for the safety and health of their employees, and this responsibility includes providing adequate safety training and ensuring that only qualified operators use these vehicles. Unfortunately, not all employees receive the necessary protection, and preventable workplace accidents happen.
An emergency call was recently received by authorities in Paloma, reporting an incident in which a worker was run over by a tractor. The call came in at about 1:30 p.m., and rescue workers rushed to the scene, which was just off Highway 26. Upon arrival, paramedics discovered that the tractor had rolled over, landing on top of the worker. No information was immediately available about the circumstances that led to the incident.
The worker suffered serious injuries that were not disclosed, and a medical helicopter was ordered to pick him up. The air-ambulance rushed him to a medical facility in Modesto. No further details were available, but authorities said the Occupational Safety and Health Administration had been notified, and an investigation will follow. Investigators will determine the cause of the incident, and they will likely also focus on the employer's compliance with safety standards.
Like all victims of workplace accidents, this worker who became trapped under the tractor will be entitled to workers' compensation benefits. The state-regulated insurance program is a no-fault system that pays the medical expenses of injured workers, regardless of who was at fault. A California attorney who has experience in dealing with benefits claims of can assist injured workers to obtain compensation to cover medical expenses and lost wages.