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Work accident claims life of farm worker in California

The California Highway Patrol and the Ventura County Fire Department responded to an accident scene shortly before 8 a.m. on a recent Tuesday. They arrived at the scene to find the deceased employee of an agricultural company. The circumstances that led to the fatality are still unknown, although it was determined that it was a work accident.

Authorities say the accident occurred on a farm road running through an orchard close to Highway 101. Initial reports indicate that the 36-year-old victim was ejected from the vehicle, which had rolled over. The vehicle then landed on top of him, causing blunt force trauma. He was already dead when emergency workers arrived, and the deputy medical examiner pronounced his death.

Reportedly, the California Highway Patrol left the case in the hands of inspectors of the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health. Cal/OSHA will continue to investigate the cause of the fatality. Furthermore, the compliance officers will also determine whether any safety violation played a role.

Whenever an employee is killed in a work accident, the surviving family members may pursue financial assistance to help them cope with expenses related to end-of-life arrangements. The California workers' compensation insurance program offers grieving family members death benefits. Along with funeral and burial coverage, it will also provide dependents with a wage-replacement package to assist with financial obligations such as mortgage payments and other day-to-day living expenses. These benefits will be paid for a predetermined period. The support and guidance of an experienced workers' compensation attorney may be utilized to ease the process.

Source: vcstar.com, "Officials identify man killed in Camarillo farm incident", Christian Martinez, Nov. 16, 2017

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