The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health has launched an investigation into the circumstances that led to the death of a vineyard worker. Reportedly, the incident that occurred on a recent Friday involved tree removal. Rescue workers from Cal Fire also responded after receiving an alert about a worker who suffered critical workplace injuries.
An incident report indicated that the man fell from a height of 60 feet while working on the removal of a tree. Reportedly, the fall caused fatal injuries. The coroner’s office received a call shortly after noon, reporting the worker’s death.
According to a spokesperson for the sheriff, the 49-year-old victim was from Napa. Further reports indicate that his death followed severe blunt force trauma caused by the fall. It is unclear whether the worker was equipped with the required personal protective equipment, such as a fall arrest harness. In California, victims of workplace injuries are typically eligible for workers’ compensation benefits to cover medical expenses and lost wages. The surviving family members of the deceased worker may claim survivors’ benefits if such an accident causes fatal injuries.
They can proceed with the benefits claims regardless of the outcome of the Cal/OSHA investigation because the California workers’ compensation system is a no-fault program. Benefits are paid regardless of who was at fault. An experienced California workers’ compensation attorney can provide valuable support and guidance throughout the intricacies of the benefits claims process. Compensation typically covers the costs of a funeral and burial, along with a financial package to make up for lost wages.