It's harvest time in California wine country. It's a busy time for the vineyards where much of the work is done by hand but large machinery is also involved. The machines can be dangerous and the possibility of personal injury is a reality.
A worker was killed at a vineyard as he was working in the vicinity of a grape harvesting machine. He was said to have been working on the ground near the machine when a piece of his clothing became entangled in the machine. Cal Fire responded after being dispatched regarding an incident involving a grape picking machine. The worker was pronounced dead at the scene.
First responders arrived at the scene within five minutes of the call. The worker had been caught in the machine, a grape picker, and died as a result of the injuries he incurred. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) is investigating the cause of the accident.
Large machines are a fact of life in modern agriculture. Proper safety precautions must be taken when working in the vicinity of such equipment. Even when such precautions and procedures are properly observed, tragic accidents can still occur and a family who loses a loved one in such an accident should consult with a personal injury attorney regarding possible legal options. A lawyer can review the facts and advise the client about workers' compensation survivors' benefits and whether a civil lawsuit is an option. A successfully claim can provide compensation for medical costs, lost wages and other verifiable losses.