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Man's death in California sparks OSHA investigation

Working at a construction site is known to have some risks. Even though employers work with state agencies to ensure that a construction site will allow for the health and well-being of employees, accidents still happen. When an incident does occur, an OSHA investigation is initiated. For instance, OSHA will likely be investigating the death of a California man killed by a piece of heavy machinery at a construction site.

The man was part of a surveying team at a construction site. As he worked to survey, other construction workers, specifically those utilizing an earth mover, were working around him and his team to prepare the site for construction of three houses. An eyewitness watching the work noted that the situation -- the heavy machinery circling the surveyors -- seemed dangerous. According to the witness, it wasn't long afterward that the accident occurred.

A responding officer reported that one of the drivers of the earth-moving equipment attempted to make a turn. As he turned, he failed to notice the surveyor and struck him. He immediately stopped and called for emergency assistance.

An OSHA investigation begins after all industrial accidents; they look to determine the cause of an accident and make recommendations to prevent future incidents. Unfortunately for the family of the deceased man, preventing future accidents will not help them with their immediate concerns -- coping emotionally and financially with the death of their loved one. However, states such as California require employers to provide workers' compensation coverage, which provides financial compensation in the event of an industrial accident. Typically, this coverage extends to surviving dependents in the case of a death. Some people who have qualified for this type of compensation have found additional assistance securing adequate compensation helpful.

Source:, Earth-mover kills construction worker on Mare Island, Rachel Raskin-Zrihen, Sept. 21, 2013

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