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Circumstances around fatal workplace accident under investigation

Mechanics here in California and elsewhere who work on large vehicles such as buses or tractor-trailers often find themselves risking injury to do so. Recently, a mechanic suffered fatal injuries to which he succumbed while on the job. The circumstances surrounding this workplace accident are under investigation.

Officials speculate that the 55-year-old man worked for Charter Pros Bus Company as a mechanic. Shortly after noon on a recent Friday, other workers at the repair yard found the man. Somehow, he was crushed between two buses. Paramedics and firefighters were called to the scene, but it was too late for them to save his life.

The information officials have now indicates that no one witnessed what happened or how the man became trapped between the buses. It is also not known at this time how long he was there before he was found. Officials with the California division of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are taking over the investigation from police.

Cal/OSHA is generally called in when an accident occurs in the workplace. Their aim, however, is focused more on determining whether the company met safety standards. This will often include a determination of what happened and why. Therefore, the investigation could provide at least some answers for the victim's family.

Cal/OSHA could take anywhere from weeks to months to finalize their investigation into this workplace accident. While the family waits for answers, they are forced to bury their loved one and adjust to life without him. The man's family is entitled to workers' compensation benefits that could help with the cost of burying their loved one. Additional benefits could provide a compensation package to make up for the loss of his income.

Source: mercurynews.com, "Man killed in apparent Oakland industrial accident ID'd as Fremont resident", Natalie Neysa Alund, Aug. 9, 2014

Source: mercurynews.com, "Man killed in apparent Oakland industrial accident ID'd as Fremont resident", Natalie Neysa Alund, Aug. 9, 2014

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