Industrial Fatalities Alarmingly High

Los Angeles Workers Suffer Fatal Injuries

If recent industrial injuries and fatalities in workplaces around Los Angeles are any indication, punching in on the job is one of the riskiest activities imaginable. While workplace hazards are by no means a new phenomenon, the possibility of being seriously injured or even dying on the job remains modern day reality in spite of state and federal regulations designed to mitigate the dangers of industrial work.

Worker Killed by Snapped Industrial Cable

In a recent year at the Oldcastle Precast plant in Fontana, California, a high-tension cable snapped, killing one worker instantly. Another suffered a severe lower-leg injury but survived after being taken to a nearby hospital for emergency treatment. Ironically, the high-tension cables themselves were in place as a safety measure to support large concrete pillars that could have been devastating had they fallen. It is important to note that the accident occurred despite the industrial plant's increasingly good track record of reducing accidents and fatalities among its workforce. That this accident happened at a plant that seemed to be doing things right highlights the need to be constantly on guard against what seems to be a certain degree of unavoidable risk.

Plant Worker Killed in Pressure Cooker at Bumble Bee Foods

The death of a worker in an industrial pressure cooker at Bumble Bee Foods processing plant in Santa Fe Springs, California, is an even more disturbing story. The worker was a six-year veteran at the plant and was well-versed with the machinery he was operating. He was operating a 38-foot-long cylindrical chamber designed to sterilize baskets of sealed cans before heading to the final labeling stage when he died. While the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health is investigating the death, questions remain about how he fell into the cylinder. As this incident illustrates, a worker's experience with a piece of equipment and the guidelines and safety measures implemented by the employer does not guarantee safety.

When to Consult a Personal Injury Attorney

There are hundreds of workplace fatalities every year in California. If you lost a loved one or were seriously injured in a workplace accident, you need to fight for the fair compensation and justice you deserve in your case. During this challenging time, retain counsel from a skilled trial attorney who knows how to handle both wrongful death and injury cases. When an accident occurs on the job, workers’ compensation benefits should be available. However, these benefits do not always cover all the expenses involved in the loss of a loved one or serious injury. That is why obtaining representation can be vital in ensuring you take the next best step.

If you need a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer to assess your case, do not hesitate to reach out to Biren Law Group today. We know how to handle cases against third parties and employers, crafting strong and compelling cases for our clients. Call us today!