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Worker dies in California forklift accident

A California employee who was servicing a forklift while on the job was killed earlier this month. Now California's Occupational Safety and Health Administration is looking for answers as to what caused this workplace accident.

The accident happened on Nov. 15 when two California employees were working together. At the time, one of the employees was using a forklift to lift another forklift off of the ground.

As the employee was attempting to maneuver the heavy equipment, one of the forklifts crashed onto the other employee's head. When rescue workers arrived on the scene, the injured worker was not breathing. He died on the scene from the injuries he sustained in this work-related accident.

Just reading about this fatal workplace accident one has to wonder why one forklift was being used to lift another?

Going forward, Cal-OSHA will attempt to determine whether safety precautions were followed. In particular, Cal-OSHA will be concerned with whether these employees were properly trained in safety regulations regarding the use of forklifts, or whether the employees were going outside of the scope of their employer's safety rules and regulations.

In general, working with a forklift can be particularly dangerous work, which is why it's important for all employees to always be working with safety in mind.

Unfortunately, there are plenty of workplace accidents that result from an employee breaking company rules. There are also a number of accidents were a third-party is at fault. This is why it's important for employers to talk with a workers' compensation defense attorney when there is a questionable claim filed.

This post was provided for informational purposes only and is not to be construed as legal advice.

Source: NBC Bay Area, "Man Dies At Oakland Plastic Company," Lisa Fernandez, Nov. 15, 2012

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