All workplaces have the potential of being hazardous to employees, even under the best of circumstances. Even though most employers have a variety of safeguards in place to protect workers, a workplace accident can still occur. In fact, a man in California recently lost his life in such an incident after investigators claim that he fell asleep while on a production line.
The incident happened just before 7 p.m. on a day in late April. The man, said to have been a contractor with Marcos Renteria AG Services, was reportedly working at Foster Farms. Reports about the incident claim that co-workers had to wake him up “several times” before the incident that resulted in the loss of his life.
Reports indicate that he fell asleep, resulting in the conveyor pulling in by the neck. He suffered a skull injury and was pronounced dead at the scene. The incident remains under investigation.
A representative from Foster Farms has expressed regret over the man’s death in the workplace accident and claims that the company is working with the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health and local authorities to investigate the incident. In the meantime, the family of the deceased worker is now left to cope with the news of his unexpected death. Often, families who suffer a loss such as this are unprepared for the ramifications. While it will likely do little to lessen their grief, they may be entitled to workers’ compensation insurance benefits that will help ensure that they can adequately respond to the financial consequences of their loss. A professional with experience can help them seek a fair settlement.