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Addressing work-related deaths when OSHA shows up on site

Many industries in California involve jobs that are inherently dangerous. Construction workers and farmers are among those who are likely familiar with job site accidents and work\-related deaths. Both types of work often include the use of heavy machinery, various terrains and situations that may be prone to mishaps.

With regard to farming, in particular, workers and employees are often closely related. When a worker is killed in an on-the-job accident, it may also affect farm owners personally, since many farm employees are often family members. It can be very stressful when the Occupational Safety and Health Administration shows up asking questions in the aftermath of a tragic accident that took the life of a loved one on the farm.

In some states, inquiries have been made as to what might be considered appropriate timing when OSHA investigates a workplace accident or death. Currently, any situation involving serious injuries or death of a worker activates a system wherein OSHA launches an immediate investigation. In farming situations, this often means investigators show up in the midst of family crisis, causing further stress to those already afflicted.

Farms that employ less than 11 non-family members, and have not been active as labor camps during the past year, are exempt from OSHA regulations pertaining to safety rules and practices. California farmers or other employers facing distressing situations after work-related deaths have occurred may seek relief through support from experienced attorneys who can represent them during interactions with OSHA representatives or other officials. Often, acting alongside experienced representation helps make a burdensome situation less stressful.

Source: lancasterfarming.com, "When Can OSHA Investigate Death or Serious Injury?", Karl Czymmek, Tonya Van Slyke, Accessed on Sept. 26, 2016

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