Employee At Soledad Dole Food Company Killed In Accident On The Production Floor
SOLEDAD, CALIFORNIA (June 25, 2020) – An employee at the Dole Food Company Inc. has tragically died in an accident on the production floor.
California Highway Patrol are saying that the accident took place on June 12th at the salad plant. For reasons that remain under investigation the employee was seriously injured.
Paramedics were called to the scene but the victim later died due to their injuries. Dole Food Company released the following statement after the accident:
“all of us at Dole are shocked and deeply saddened at the devastating loss of our longtime colleague. Our heartfelt condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends. We are grieving alongside you.”
Cal/OSHA are investigating the accident at this time.
Liability In Soledad Dole Food Company Accidents
Despite advances in workplace safety there are still an alarming number of workplace deaths in the United States. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “There were 5,250 fatal work injuries recorded in the United States in 2018, a 2 percent increase from the 5,147 in 2017, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. (See chart 1 and table 1.) The fatal work injury rate remained unchanged at 3.5 per 100,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers. (See chart 2.) These data are from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI).” Most workplace deaths fall into one of four categories:
- Struck by object
The family of any victim that died in a workplace fatality will typically be covered through the worker’s compensation system. The worker’s compensation system does not take into consideration whether or not a worker may have been at fault for an accident. According to the California Department of Industrial Relations, “Workers’ compensation benefits are designed to provide you with the medical treatment you need to recover from your work related injury or illness, partially replace the wages you lose while you are recovering, and help you return to work. Workers’ compensation benefits do not include damages for pain and suffering or punitive damages.” Depending on the facts of any case a worker’s family may have legal recourse through a third party claim.
A third party liability claim may be possible if any entity separate from a worker’s employer was responsible for an accident. For example, if a piece of machinery malfunctioned the company that manufactured that machinery could be held liable through a product liability claim. Negligence from a worker separate from the victim’s employer could potentially create the basis for a third party liability claim. It is important that evidence is properly collected and preserved after an accident.
The family of any victim that died may have legal recourse through a wrongful death claim. Damages can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. Unfortunately, companies will often work extremely hard to deny liability for an accident. A workplace accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal rights are. There are, however, time limits with regard to pursuing civil claims. It is therefore important to act quickly.
Investigating A Soledad Dole Food Company Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of the victim that died in this accident. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to Cal/OSHA as they continue their investigation. It is our sincere hope that measures are put in place to help prevent additional incidents like this. Safety should always be the top priority of every company.
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