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Southern California concrete plant the scene of two tragic accidents in three months

Earlier this week, a concrete plant here in Southern California was the scene of a shocking industrial accident that left one worker dead and another seriously injured. In fact, inspectors with the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) are now working frantically to determine why this incident occurred and why it is the second time in only three months that a worker has been maimed at this same facility.

On Monday, 40-year-old Fernando Q. and a fellow co-worker whose name has not yet been released were busy coiling high-gauge cable onto an industrial-sized spool at the Oldcastle Precast plant in Fontana when the cable suddenly snapped.

Tragically, Fernando Q. was struck him in the head by the cable and later pronounced dead at the scene. As for the co-worker, his leg was severed in the accident and he remains hospitalized.

As stated earlier, this same Oldcastle Precast plant was the scene of an equally unfortunate workplace accident back on August 8, when a concrete pole stacked atop other poles fell onto a worker below. Here, the injuries to the worker's leg were so severe that it had to be amputated.

Cal/OSHA is now conducting two investigations at the Fontana plant, both of which happen to involve leg amputations.

"This is not a regular occurrence that we've seen," said Greg Siggins, a spokesperson Cal/OSHA.

While the agency has not made any preliminary findings into either accident, it has six months to complete each investigation. This typically includes conducting interviews with workers, reviewing manuals and inspecting safeguards. In the event the agency determines that the workers weren't adequately protected, Oldcastle Precast could be facing general or even serious OSHA citations.

It should also be noted that the San Bernardino County District Attorney's Bureau of Investigations is also conducting an investigation to determine if any criminal activity took place.

The Oldcastle Precast concrete plant in Fontana is currently not subject to any stop-work orders, but Monday's accident site is still off limits.

Stay tuned for updates on this story from our workers' compensation defense law firm ...

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


The Press-Enterprise, "Plant where man died previously investigated," Richard De Atley, Nov. 13, 2012

The San Bernardino Sun, "Industrial accident at Fontana plant second in three months," Melissa Pinion-Whitt, Nov. 13, 2012

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