Work has been stopped at an asphalt plant by the California division of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The work stoppage was instituted after an industrial accident killed a worker. The accident took place on Oct. 7.
The victim was working close to a conveyor belt when he somehow got tangled up in the belt and was pulled into an asphalt grinder. Inspectors with Cal/Osha did not say what investigators found at the plant. However, it was made clear that any further work is not to be done until certain issues that concerned the inspectors were dealt with by the company.
Every California employer has a duty to provide its employees with a safe work environment, safety equipment, and adequate training in order to avoid such accidents. Even so, accidents can still sometimes occur. Unfortunately, those accidents have the potential of causing serious injury or death. In this case, it could be some time before the cause of the accident that killed the worker in question is made public, if at all.
The family of the victim may be eligible to receive death benefits under the state’s workers’ compensation insurance program. These benefits may help the family with some of the financial losses they face in connection with their loved one’s death in this industrial accident. This state regulated insurance program typically provides dependents of a worker killed in an accident on the job funeral expenses as well as a lost income package to help with the family’s expenses as they struggle to move forward fro the tragedy.
Source: Los Angeles Times, Man dies after being pulled into asphalt grinder in Corona, Ari Bloomekatz, Oct. 9, 2013