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Fatal accident could result in injured worker claim

Machines are created to help people in their various tasks and endeavors. Industrial workplaces are particularly dependent upon the use of machinery in order to accomplish various tasks. Unfortunately, this means that industrial workers are generally at risk of injury while at the workplace in California or in any other state. This may result in an injured worker claim being filed, which can have significant consequences for employers.

This is what one employer may be facing after an employee was killed in a recent industrial accident. The company, Ebara International Corporation, specializes in precision welding and machining. The incident occurred just after 6 a.m. in early December.

Apparently, the worker had been working on a vertical lathe machine at the time of the accident. Police believe that a piece of the man's clothing had become caught in the machine. This resulted in the man being pulled into the machine. The 33-year-old worker died as a result of the injuries suffered in the accident.

The company immediately closed down the machine area of the industrial plant following the unfortunate incident. This was intended to allow the decedent's co-workers to grieve and come to terms with what had happened. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating the incident. After the completion of the report by OSHA, the company will be reevaluating its safety training policies.

The employer may also want to think about preparing for defending against a workers' compensation claim, which may be filed by the family of the decedent. Although it is unfortunate that a life was lost, employers in California and elsewhere are entitled to certain rights afforded by law. However, to properly defend against an injured worker claim, an employer will need to have an understanding of the applicable employment laws.

Source:, "Name Released of Man Killed in Sparks Industrial Accident", Pat Thomas, Dec. 10, 2014

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