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Man dies in industrial accident, employer defense may be needed

Working in an industrial site can be dangerous, which requires workers to always be vigilant and aware of their surroundings. This can help avoid serious workplace injuries as well as avoid the need for an injured worker claim or employer defense in California. However, even when workers are adhering to safety regulations, an accident may end up occurring at an industrial site.

This seems to have been what recently happened in an industrial accident that resulted in the death of one worker. The accident occurred just prior to 5:00 p.m. one evening in late July at an industrial plant. The victim was a 59-year-old man, according to reports released by authorities to the public.

The man's co-worker had called 911 after hearing the victim's screams for help. Apparently, the man's right leg had become entangled in a piece of heavy machinery he had been working with. The latest reports have yet to reveal exactly what machinery the man had been utilizing at the time of the incident. By the time first responders arrived at the scene, the victim had already passed away.

It is possible that work safety authorities will decide to issue citations following their investigation into the fatal incident. Also, if the family of the decedent believes the fatal accident was caused by willful misconduct on the part of the employer, the family may decide to file a lawsuit against the company. In both of these cases, just like in any similar situation in California, the employer may want to consider forming an employer defense strategy.

Source:, "Man killed in Harrison industrial accident", Sean Barnhill, August 1, 2015

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