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California man dies on the job after being run over by truck

Anyone who works in California is covered by workers' compensation if they’re hurt while on the job. Although some companies do their best to protect their employees from harm accidents and illness still happen. When these unfortunate incidents do occur some companies in the Los Angeles County area try to avoid their responsibilities to fairly compensate an employee who has been injured on the job.

A 62-year-old man was killed recently after he was run over by a big-rig truck while laying asphalt at a Berkeley middle school. Reportedly the truck was parked on a slope and began to roll and eventually crushed the man. No one else was injured in the incident. The accident is still under investigation as authorities work to determine what the caused the truck to roll. It has not been reported at this time why the truck was parked on a slope and whether or not the proper safety measures were in place to prevent the truck from moving.

According to reports, the company for which the man worked has not had any safety violations reported during the past five years. However, at this time it is not known if the company acted negligently in any way, which could have contributed to the accident and the eventual death of the worker.

If the investigation determines that the construction company was at fault in this incident a court could rule that it pay restitution to the man’s family members for their loss and for the pain and suffering they must endure. This man’s family might want to speak with a workers’ compensation attorney soon.

Source: CBS SF, “Worker killed in construction accident at Berkeley school,” Aug. 27, 2013.

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