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San Pablo Metal Worker Dies in Workplace Accident

By Kelly Balamuth on March 20, 2012

A metalworker in San Pablo lost his life recently in an accident at work in a Berkeley tool manufacturing plant, according to an article in The San Jose Mercury-News. The man lost his life when a metal grinding wheel hit him forcefully in the back of the head while he was working, according to investigators.

Investigators from the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal-OSHA) are examining the situation to determine how the accident occurred and how it might be prevented in the future, including whether any state or federal workplace safety violations occurred. Cal-OSHA investigators say that they will also look for signs of negligence, either by the employer, the employee’s co-workers, or the manufacturer, designer, or distributor of the metal grinding wheel that was involved in the fatal accident.

Workplace accidents that result in death can take place in any type of business, but they are most common in construction, metalworking, and similar heavy industries, where workers use potentially dangerous equipment and materials on a regular basis. California’s workers’ compensation laws help protect injured workers and their families, but workers and families may also be able to seek compensation from negligent third parties, such as the manufacturers or sellers of any defective machine involved in the injury.

The Northern California work injury attorneys at Balamuth Law are well-versed in representing those who have been injured while on the job at every stage of the process, from filing claims with insurance companies to seeking compensation from any negligent parties in court. If you’ve been injured at work, call Balamuth Law today at (888) 254-1234 for a free and confidential consultation.

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