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FRESNO: Arnold Torres Killed In Industrial Accident At Vista Verde Farms After Being Crushed By Almond Shaker


Jan 7, 2019

Arnold Torres Fresno: 63-Year-Old Worker Died In Accident After Being Hit By Hydraulic Arm of Almond Shaker

FRESNO, CALIFORNIA (January 7, 2018) – A 63-year-old farm worker identified as Arnold Torres tragically died in a freak accident after he was hit by the falling hydraulic arm of an almond shaker. 

According to the Fresno Police Department, deputies were called to the scene around 11:30 a.m. Two workers were reported to be critically injured and in need of assistance. 

Unfortunately, the two workers both ended up dying due to their injuries. The accident appears to have begun when the almond shaker started to malfunction.  

As one of the workers was attempting to fix the hose for the hydraulic line, one of the arms unexpectedly fell and hit them. Cal/OSHA are investigating the almond shaker accident in order to determine exactly what happened. 

Liability In Workplace Accidents

There are a number of things that Cal/OSHA will want to investigate as they look into the accident that killed Arnold Torres. To being with, when a worker dies on the job in California their family is protected by a number of laws. The family of a deceased worker will be able to file a claim for worker’s compensation. Employers must purchase worker’s compensation insurance and could be liable for civil damages if they don’t.

In addition to workers compensation, the family of a deceased worker may have the ability to file a third party liability claim if an entity separate from a worker’s employer contributed to an accident. For example, if a machine malfunctions and injures or kills a worker it may be possible to file a wrongful death suit against the company that created the machine. 

Almond shakers typically consist of a tractor type machine with a large hydraulic arm. This arm reach out and grabs the almond tree and then shakes it violently. If the hydraulic arm loses pressure due to a leak or defect this can have devastating consequences. A wrongful death attorney can examine the specific facts of your case and let you know if you have a claim that can be pursued. An attorney can investigate your claim free of charge and make sure that key pieces of evidence are being preserved. 

Getting Help After A Workplace Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our condolences to the family of Arnold Torres as they are going through such a difficult time. It is clear by those that knew him that he was an exceptional personal who cared deeply about his friends and family. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened so that steps can be taken to prevent a similar accident. 

If someone that you love has been injured or killed while working in agriculture you may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We can investigate your claim free of charge and answer and legal questions that you have about your rights. We are deeply committed towards helping accident victims and making sure that they are taken care of. Whether you just have questions about your rights or are looking to hire an attorney we are here for you. You can reach us anytime at (888) 888-9285.

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