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Fatal accident may require employer defense

Machinery plays an important part in all sectors of society and industry in California. However, machinery can also become a problem when there is a malfunction or user mistake. This can cause a worker to be injured on the job. It can also result in an injured worker claim and a need for an employer defense.

This is what happened recently in a construction accident. The incident occurred one morning in late October. A 38-year-old construction worker had been working at a construction site at the time of the fatal incident. The work crew had been doing some plumbing work at the site located at a tower's fourth floor.

Apparently, he had been testing equipment that utilized pressurized air. As he was doing so, something exploded, according to reports released to the public. During the explosion, an object ended up striking the worker in the face; however, there have yet to be any reports as to what type of machinery the man had been working on or exactly what object struck him in the face. The man died instantly from the impact and was pronounced dead at approximately 9:58 a.m.

It is natural for an employer in California to react emotionally to such an unexpected tragedy. However, it would behoove an employer to begin to think more logically about what needs to be done next. After all, an employer still needs to ensure the financial health of the company. This is why an employer defense may be required in the case of an injured worker claim being filed.

Source: fox32chicago.com, "Worker killed in South Loop construction accident - Story", October 24, 2015

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