Tree Trimmer Killed In Stockton Boom Truck Accident On Hickock Drive
STOCKTON, CALIFORNIA (August 3, 2020) – A tree trimmer has tragically died after falling out of a boom lift truck on Hickock Drive.
California Highway Patrol are saying that the accident took place around 8:15 a.m. For reasons that remain under investigation the man lowered the boom on the truck and the truck subsequently tipped over.
This caused the tree trimmer to fall out of the truck and onto the ground. Paramedics were called to the scene of the accident in order to help the tree trimmer.
Despite life-saving measures he later died as a result of his injuries. An investigation into the cause of the accident remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Stockton Tree Trimming Truck Accidents
Accidents involving boom trucks may seem like freak occurrences but they are actually quite common. Most accidents involve victims falling out of the boom box. Many other accidents occur when the lift comes into contact with electrical lines thereby electrifying the operator. According to OSHA, ” The leading causes of private sector worker deaths (excluding highway collisions) in the construction industry were falls, followed by struck by object, electrocution, and caught-in/between. These “Fatal Four” were responsible for more than half (58.6%) the construction worker deaths in 2018, BLS reports. ” Workers injured or killed from falls are protected by a number of laws.
The family of any victim that died in a workplace accident will typically be able to seek support through California’s workers compensation system. According to the State of California Department of Industrial Relations, “Death benefits are payments to a spouse, children or other dependents if an employee dies from a work-related injury or illness. This includes reasonable burial expenses, not exceeding $5,000 for injuries before Jan. 1, 2013 and $10,000 for injures on or after Jan. 1, 2013. The amount of the death benefit depends on the number of total and/or partial dependents.” Depending on the facts of any case the victim’s family may also be able to seek justice through a third party liability claim.
A third party liability claim may be possible if an entity separate from the worker’s employer was responsible for an accident. For example, the manufacturer of a boom truck could be held liable for an accident if a malfunction caused it to tip over. Product liability claims will generally fall under one of three categories:
- Design defects
- Marketing defects
- Manufacturing defects
It’s extremely important that evidence is properly preserved after a boom truck accident. A product liability attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are. There are, however, statute of limitations associated with civil claims. It is therefore important to act quickly.
Investigating A Stockton Tree Trimming Truck 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 OSHA as they continue their investigation. It is our sincere hope that measures are put in place to help prevent additional accidents like this.
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