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Fatal on-the-job injuries can result from lack of safety measures

Employees of any company are entitled to safe working conditions. Employers are obligated to maintain safety measures on equipment as well as provide sufficient training for all employees in the proper procedures and operation of such machines in order to prevent on-the-job injuries or death. Unfortunately, a California ceramic manufacturing company failed to maintain such standards, resulting in an employee's death and significant penalties for the company.

The 18-year-old employee was pronounced dead last September after another employee found him entangled in an industrial mixer known as a pug mill. The California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) investigated the incident and found that the employer had removed the safety guards on all four of the machines in the shop, believing that the guards interfered with the rate of production. However, without the guards, the moving parts of the pug mills were open to employees.

Reportedly, the employee was sucked into the machine when his arm became caught in the blades. In addition to removal of the safety guards, the investigators found that the employer had failed to provide the employee with proper training at the time of the incident. The company now faces more than $250,000 in fines for five penalties, including failing to provide the guards on unsafe openings of the machines and neglecting to provide necessary training to employees.

In addition to grieving the loss of their loved one, the deceased man's family has undoubtedly encountered unexpected expenses following this tragedy. Like any California resident involved in a similar situation resulting in on-the-job injuries or death, the family members of the deceased have the right to pursue a workers' compensation claim. An attorney experienced in this area of the law can help with navigating this sometimes complex process and discuss legal options.

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