A man whom family members said was very safety minded and even read machinery safety and training manuals in his spare time died after a tragic forklift accident at work. The man was in his 50s and had just purchased a new house. He had been working in his profession since he was 16.
According to reports of those who investigated the accident, the man somehow hit a column of concrete while he was operating his forklift. The jolt of the impact apparently caused the man to fall out of the forklift, but the forklift did not stop. The machine backed over the man, leaving him crushed under its weight. The man died at the scene of the accident.
The man worked on the docks of San Diego, and because of that, slightly different laws may apply to his case when his family goes to seek benefits from the man’s employer. With that said, though, this tragic case shows that construction accidents and industrial accidents can happen to even the most careful and experienced of employees.
Fortunately, though, California’s workers’ compensation is available to help the vast majority of California families who lose their loved ones to accidents such as the one that was reported here. These benefits are paid without regard to whether a worker caused an accident or could have been more careful in a given instance.
While these benefits do not pay for everything, they are a good start for a family that may be concerned about how they are going to make ends meet after the untimely death of their loved one.
Source: NBC 7, ” ‘Everyone loved him’: family mourns longshoreman killed in forklift accident,” Artie Ojeda, Jan. 11, 2018.