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California factory worker killed in workplace accident

Posted on in Workplace Accidents

Many workers, including construction workers and factory workers, face safety risks on the job. Even when factories and plants take all necessary precautions and follow all regulations, workers can still become victim to tragedies such as power equipment accidents and injuries or injuries involving other factory machinery. Any San Jose workplace attorney knows of these dangers.

Such a tragedy recently struck a California tuna processing plant. One employee was killed when he was locked inside the oven that cooks the tuna. The employee was a 62-year-old man who had worked at the tuna processing plant for 6 years. The company did not comment, but one of its competitors stated that it has a standardized procedure when cooking tuna that ensures that no worker is locked inside the oven. The tuna plant involved in this accident has not received any citations from the regulatory body, Cal-OSHA.

Food factories in California have enjoyed a relatively clear safety record in general. According to Cal-OSHA, there were 326 deaths related to workplace accidents in 2010, and of those, eight were in the food industry. However, industries like the construction industry have higher rates of injury and death.

While deaths on the job are rare in some industries, workers in all fields, especially dangerous ones, should be aware of the risk of injury at work. Workers who sustain injuries at work may be entitled to workers' compensation. Workers' compensation can cover the costs of necessary treatment for the injury, payments for temporary or permanent disability and rehabilitation. If a third party was responsible for the injury, however, it may be wise for an injured worker to consult with an experienced attorney.

Source: SGVTribune.com, "Santa Fe Springs Bumble Bee Foods plant had clean record for safety prior to employee death," Mike Sprague, Oct. 16, 2012

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