Manufacturing is an important industry since it is responsible for creating the materials needed to build just about everything in society. This requires significant human labor and, in many instances, puts people in some physically dangerous situations in California. If one is not careful, he or she can become the victim of a serious or fatal workplace accident. Such an accident can result in a company needing an employer defense strategy.
One employer may be facing this type of problem after a recent workplace accident that resulted in one death. The incident occurred at a concrete manufacturing company one morning in late May. The company specializes in manufacturing pre-cast and pre-stressed concrete.
Deputies learned of the incident after receiving a call at approximately 9:29 a.m. A worker had become pinned beneath a 40-ton concrete beam. The authorities pronounced the man dead at the scene of the incident. The concrete beam rolled over the worker while crews were attempting to place the concrete beam on the ground after removing it from its mold.
Along with the emotional challenge of dealing with the loss of a worker’s life, the employer will likely now be facing an investigation from work safety authorities. This investigation can result in citations being issued if investigators decide that safety violations were present when the fatal incident occurred. The decedent’s surviving family may also issue legal claims against the company for compensation. However, if a company in California is cited of safety violations or faces litigation, the company also has the right to an employer defense utilizing the proper legal procedures and avenues.
Source: mlive.com, “Saginaw father of 7 killed in workplace accident described as ‘humble and hardworking’“, Brad Devereaux, May 29, 2015