Industrial work in California carries with it inherent risks as employees are working with heavy duty equipment. Using this equipment typically requires extensive safety training and skill to perform the tasks made possible by the equipment. Even with the skill and the training, employees are still at risk of a tragic workplace accidents.
This was the case in a recent incident in Santa Ana where a young man lost his life in just such an accident. An 18-year-old man was operating equipment at Aardvark Clay and Supplies when he became caught in the machinery. Help was summoned at approximately 11:15 a.m. on a recent morning, and Orange County Fire Authority Technical Rescue (OCFA) teams responded.
The rescue team established that the young man had already died by the time they arrived on the scene. He had been caught up in a piece of clay-mixing equipment. OCFA spent much of the day removing the body from the equipment, and the OCFA chaplain was also on hand. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.
The sudden death of a family member in California is never easy to bear, and it can be made that much more difficult when the victim is very young. A family facing such a loss may wish to look for answers as to how and why such an accident could have occurred. A consultation with an attorney experienced in workers' compensation law may be beneficial. A lawyer can review the facts of workplace accidents and advise the surviving family on their rights under workers' comp laws. The family may be entitled to compensation for funeral costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering.