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Crane collapse causes fatal workplace injuries

Construction sites in San Diego and across the state of California pose numerous life-threatening hazards. This was the case at an Oxnard building site where two construction workers suffered workplace injuries on a recent Thursday. The accident happened on the construction site for a 60,000-square-foot building.

Reportedly, an emergency call was made to the fire department at approximately 1:40 p.m. to report an incident that involved a crane collapse. Firefighters learned that the falling crane struck some workers. Authorities say there were 10 to 15 members of the construction crew on-site when the incident happened.

Upon arrival, first responders found two injured construction workers. An incident report states that the crane collapsed while lifting a section of a concrete wall. A spokesperson for the fire department says one worker, a 54-year-old man, could not be saved, and he succumbed to the injuries he suffered when the crane struck him. The second injured worker was transported to a medical facility for treatment of hand injuries.

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health closed the site until it is safe to resume work, and the agency will investigate the crane collapse. Family members of deceased victims of workplace injuries in San Diego can seek the support and guidance of an experienced workers' compensation attorney to help them with the navigation of death benefits claims. Compensation typically includes coverage of funeral and burial costs, along with a financial package to make up for lost wages and assist with day-to-day expenses and other financial obligations.

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