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Cal/OSHA investigates 2 fatal workplace accidents in 2 weeks

On April 11, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health was informed about a crane collapse that caused a 53-year-old construction worker's death. This was the first of two fatal workplace accidents to which the safety agency was called during a two-week period. The second fatality occurred on Thursday, April 25.

In an incident that is deemed an industrial accident, a worker believed to be in his 40s died in Ventura County. According to the county fire department, a call to report an emergency came in at approximately 11:30 a.m. Rescue workers responded to the scene at which the caller said a man had fallen off a ladder that was 10-feet high. Reportedly, he was a roof worker, but the name of his employer was not reported.

When the report was made, the victim was unconscious but still alive. However, upon the arrival of first responders, the condition of the critically injured worker deteriorated. He succumbed to his injuries shortly after their arrival. No details were provided about the circumstances that led to the fall, and Cal/OSHA investigators will determine the cause and also assess the employer's compliance with safety standards.

Although nothing can replace lost loved ones, the surviving family members of victims who died in workplace accidents can get financial assistance. The California workers' compensation insurance system provides survivors' benefits to assist with funeral and burial costs. A financial package typically covers lost wages and day-to-day living expenses. Claiming the benefits could be a challenging process, and for that reason, many families choose to use the services of an experienced workers' compensation attorney to deal with the legal and administrative procedures for them.

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