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OSHA investigation started after California man's death

Working with dairy cows may not be thought of as dangerous to those outside the dairy industry. However, a recent accident at a dairy farm in Ontario may change that. A California man was killed and an OSHA investigation has been started.

A 28-year-old California man was performing his duties in the predawn hours of June 15 at the Dick Dykstra Diary. For some reason yet to be determined, the man got caught between some cows and a gate as he was moving them into the paddock. He ended up being crushed by the weight of the cows.

Emergency personnel were called and when they arrived, they transported the man to a local hospital. The man underwent surgery in an attempt to save his life, but his internal injuries were too extensive. He died that same evening.

The California division of OSHA was contacted and will begin an investigation into the incident. A review of the dairy's record indicates that it has not been issued any violations according to OSHA's database. The data goes back to 1972.

The results of the OSHA investigation will determine whether there were any safety violations in connection with the death of the worker. Regardless of whether any violations are found, the family of the victim may be eligible for survivor's benefits under our state's workers' compensation laws. The victim's family may benefit from having someone review their situation to ensure that they receive the full amount and extent of those benefits before agreeing to any settlement.

Source:, "Worker Dies After Being Crushed by Cows at Ontario Dairy," Jason Kandel, June 17, 2013

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