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Work-related deaths must be reported within 8 hours

It is obviously tragic when a worker is killed in an on-the-job accident in California or any other state. There are laws that govern such matters, including one that requires employers to report work\-related deaths within eight hours of their occurrence. A recent situation has developed in another state where an employer is accused of failing to do so.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says it did receive an initial report that an accident had occurred. However, the worker who was critically injured in the incident later succumbed to his injuries. OSHA says the man's employer never reported the death.

The accident apparently happened when the 56-year-old man was working on a crew to install a new conveyor system to move potatoes. He was reportedly helping other workers move an aeration pipe. This pipe was chained to a skid steer. During the process, a support beam is said to have struck the man in his head.

OSHA has expressed condolences to the worker's widow, and the federal agency is investigating why the employer did not report her husband's death as required by law. Work-related deaths often occur in situations that involve heavy equipment. Anyone in California facing problems related to such incidents may seek assistance by contacting a workers' compensation lawyer in the area. An experienced comp attorney understands what needs to be done to protect a worker's best interests and help obtain all benefits to which he or she may be entitled as a result of injuries that have been suffered in a workplace accident. The spouse of a deceased worker may retain assistance to address death benefits issues.

Source: nptelegraph.com, "OSHA to investigate workplace accident", Tammy Bain, Nov. 4, 2016

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