Workers in the waste removal industry in face life-threatening risks on a daily basis. The equipment with which they work poses serious safety hazards and is often the cause of workplace injuries. Employers in California must provide adequate safety training to prepare workers for potential hazards and teach them how to stay safe.
Sadly, accidents that claim lives sometimes happen -- even in companies with excellent employee safety records. One such an incident caused the death of a 45-year-old waste truck driver on a recent Friday morning. The business owner says this is the first occupational fatality in the 27-year existence of the company.
According to a police report, the incident occurred shortly before 8 a.m. when the driver exited his truck. Under unknown circumstances, the truck driver was knocked down by his own truck. He suffered fatal injuries. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health was notified, and investigators will work to learn more about the cause of the accident and the company's compliance with safety regulations.
Regardless of the outcome of Cal/OSHA investigations, families who have lost loved ones who suffered fatal workplace injuries can proceed with the filing of death benefits claims with the workers' compensation insurance system of California. Understandably, this is a daunting task at such a challenging time, but an experienced workers' compensation attorney can navigate the administrative and legal procedures on behalf of grieving families. With a lawyer's support and guidance, coverage for the expenses related to end-of-life arrangements and a portion of lost income may be obtained.
Source: eastbaytimes.com, "San Jose: GreenWaste driver killed by own truck -- East Bay Times", Mark Gomez, March 2, 2018