When an employer fails to provide a safe working environment, workers can be seriously hurt or killed. A recent OSHA investigation into a California construction fatality could uncover potential liabilities in the accident. The family of a worker who loses his or her life while on the job could have rightful access to workers' compensation benefits that can be used for medical and funeral expenses.
The employee who lost his life was in the process of moving an excavation machine from land onto a barge when the accident occurred. Reports state that the machine slid off of the boat and into the moderately deep water of the river while the man was driving. The excavator sank through the water and lodged into the soft soil bed, burying a portion of the compartment that held the worker. The man was not able to escape the wreckage.