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Workplace accidents: 2 workers crushed to death on Fresno ranch

California employers are responsible for the health and safety of employees. They must ensure that workers are aware of the hazards posed by their jobs, and safety training must be provided to prevent on-the-job injuries. Sadly, not all employers prioritize employee safety, and lives are often lost in preventable workplace accidents.

A recent industrial accident caused the deaths of two workers at a ranch in Fresno County. An incident report indicates that two workers, ages 66 and 31, were declared dead upon the arrival of Cal Fire and paramedics. Reportedly, emergency workers responded to the ranch shortly after 11 a.m. on a recent Saturday.

A report by the sheriff's office states that the industrial accident involved an almond shaker that had broken down. The operator of the machine, along with the mechanic, attempted to make the necessary repairs, but they failed to take the required safety precautions. It appears they neglected to lower the shaker arm of the equipment to ground level before disconnecting the hydraulic hoses. Both men were crushed to death by the arm that fell onto them upon the disconnection of the hydraulics.

Families who have lost loved ones in fatal workplace accidents can pursue financial assistance through the California workers' compensation insurance program. An attorney who is experienced in the navigation of death benefits claims can assist with the administrative and legal proceedings of such claims. The benefits typically cover end-of-life expenses along with a financial package to make up for lost wages and to help with the day-to-day living expenses of the surviving family members.

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