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BODEGA: 70-Year-Old Worker Killed In Bulldozer Accident After Getting Run Over Near Salmon Creek Road and Bodega Highway

Oct 5, 2018

Bulldozer Operator Killed In Bodega Accident After Being Run Over By His Vehicle

 BODEGA, CALIFORNIA (October 4, 2018) California Highway Patrol are saying that the operator of a bulldozer in Sonoma County died after he was run over by his own machine.

The victim has only been identified as a 70-year-old hispanic male. He was working to clear the area prior to the accident.

The bulldozer had apparently gotten away from the man after it was in neutral. Police think that the victim may have been trying to get something out of the way when he was run over.

Paramedics arrived at the scene but he could not be saved. He was pronounced dead at the scene. An investigation into the fatal bulldozer accident remains ongoing at this time.

How to Stay Safe While Working With A Bulldozer

Bulldozers can be extremely dangerous. They are deceptively slow but they carry enough weight to kill any person that gets run over. There are a number of safety procedures that should be followed in order to stay safe around bulldozers.

  • Only qualified personnel should be allowed to operate bulldozers.

  • Seatbelts should always be used to prevent the driver from being thrown off and crushed.

  • Bulldozers should have rollover protection structures. This will help keep workers safe in the event it rolls over.

  • Bulldozers should always be put in park on level ground.

Victims of bulldozer accidents are often left with traumatic injuries or may even die. Depending on the facts of the case, a victim or their family may be able to file a claim for damages. A Los Angeles wrongful death attorney can examine the details of your case and take steps to preserve your rights.

Liability In Bulldozer Accidents

When a worker sustains an injury or is killed on the job in California they will typically have the ability to file a worker’s compensation claim for damages. In many circumstances there may be additional routes for recovery for victims of work accidents. Workers are barred from bringing suit against their employers directly. But if a third party was responsible for a worker’s accident that may allow an injured worker to file a third party claim. For example, if a bulldozer malfunctioned and ran over a worker this could allow for a product liability claim. A number of heavy machines have defective gear shifts. Sometimes they can pop out of gear from park to neutral. It’s best to have an experienced attorney evaluate the facts of your case so that they can look for third party negligence.  

Getting Help After A Bulldozer Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our condolences to the family of the man that was killed in the bulldozer accident in Bodgea. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened for the sake of all of those that have been affected. Worker safety should be the number one priority of every company. But far too often profits are prioritized over the well-being of workers.

If you or someone that you care about has been injured or killed in an accident involving a bulldozer you may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury lawyers are here to help with whatever you need. We have a full staff of paralegals, investigators, attorneys and assistants that can work on your case and make sure that you are taken care of. Whether you just have questions about your rights or are seeking legal counsel for your particular situation we are here for you. You’re welcome to call us anytime day or night at (888) 888-9285.


  1. MARTIN ESPINOZA. Man dies in bulldozer accident in Bodega. September 29, 2018.

  2. Jonathan Rosenfeld. Bulldozer Accident Attorneys. 2018

  3. ATS Staff. 15 Safety Tips For Bulldozer Operators. April 10, 2014

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