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California worker dies in industrial accident at Volvo plant

A worker died after being crushed by a falling piece of equipment at a Volvo plant in California.

The accident occurred in San Leandro at a Volvo Construction Equipment and Services facility at about 9:30 a.m. on February 13, according to fire department spokeswoman Aisha Knowles.

The 48-year-old field service technician was working under a tractor that had been raised onto support stands when the vehicle slipped and fell onto him. The man, whose name has not yet been released, was pronounced dead at the scene. No other injuries were reported.

Peter Melton, spokesman for the California Department of Occupation Safety and Health, said the company had not previously been cited for any safety violations.

The company released a statement saying that work at the facility stopped immediately while the accident was investigated and that the company’s condolences and prayers were with the worker’s family.

The man is the third worker to die in an industrial accident in the San Francisco Bay Area in less than a week. On February 7, two workers were killed in San Francisco’s GGI Granite Company when a granite slab fell on them.

In industrial accidents like these, a number of important questions must be investigated. Was the equipment properly maintained? Was each worker involved in the accident properly trained in all relevant safety procedures? Were all safety procedures properly followed? Despite the expertise and diligence of government inspectors, sometimes it takes the work of a dedicated personal injury attorney to uncover all the facts.

Posted on Monday, March 17th, 2014. Filed under Catastrophic Injury, Industrial Fires, Wrongful Death.