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GALT: Leopoldo Ramos Killed In Loader Truck Accident At Cal-Waste Recovery Systems


Jun 30, 2019

Leopoldo Ramos Galt: Leopoldo Ramos Killed In Galt Loader Truck Accident At Cal-Waste Recovery Systems

GALT, CALIFORNIA (June 29, 2019) – A 54-year-old man identified as Leopoldo Ramos has tragically died in an loader accident at Galt Cal-Waste Recovery Systems. 

Galt investigators are saying that the driver of a loader was backing up when he hit Leopoldo Ramos. Firefighters and paramedics rushed to the scene in order to help the victim. 

Despite life-saving measures, Leopoldo Ramos died due to his injuries. A representative from Cal-Waste Recovery Systems said that Leopoldo Ramos was a maintenance supervisor. 

In a Facebook post, the company said, “He was loved dearly by everyone at our company.” An investigation into the cause of the accident remains ongoing at this time. 

Preventing Accidents At Work

According to one report by OSHA, “More than 4,000 U.S. workers were killed on the job in 2014.” Nearly 20% of all of the fatal accidents take place are in the construction industry. However, workplaces in the United States have consistently become safer. Since 1970, there has been a 60% reduction in fatal accidents and a 40% reduction in workplace injuries. The decline in workplace accidents has been due in part to much stricter safety regulations at job sites. Here are just a few of the measures that can be taken to help prevent accidents at work:

  • Storerooms should be kept clean, dry and orderly.
  • Workers should be provided with fall protection gear when they are more than 6ft off the ground.
  • Provide workers with training about lock/out tag/out procedures.
  • Provide workers with specialized training if they have a particularly dangerous job. 

Communication is one of they key components in keeping work sites safe. Workers that are using trucks or heavy equipment should be communicating with other employees. In many situations, a spotter may be needed to help guide heavy equipment. Depending on the facts of any case, there may be multiple forms of liability for a workplace accident. 

Liability In Workplace Accidents

Companies have a legal responsibility to provide their workers with a reasonably safe environment. If a worker is injured, they must provide the worker or their family with benefits. According to the California Department of Industrial Relations Workers Compensation Guidebook, “If you get hurt on the job, your employer is required by law to pay for workers’ compensation benefits.” This includes death benefits in the unfortunate event of a fatal accident. 

The family of a worker that died should file an “application for adjudication of claim” with the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB). What many workers and their families do not realize is that the worker’s compensation system may not be their only recourse. Worker’s are barred by statute from bringing claims directly against their employer. However, if an entity separate from a worker was negligent in an accident they could be legally responsible. 

Employees that operate loaders or other heavy equipment must first check if there is someone behind them before backing up. There is simply no excuse for a backup accident. If a truck driver can’t see what is behind them, then they should get out of the vehicle and look. In many situations, the safest way to proceed is to have a spotter guide a vehicle backwards. 

The family of any victim that died in a workplace accident may have legal recourse through California Code of Civil Procedure 377.60. Damages in a civil claim can a victims next of kin including their spouse, children, mother, father and siblings. A wrongful death attorney can investigate your case free of cost and let you know if there is potential third party negligence. 

Investigating A Workplace Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Leopoldo Ramos as they are going through such a difficult time. Anyone that may have seen the accident should reach out to Cal/OSHA as they continue their investigation. It is our sincere hope that measures will be put in place to prevent additional accidents like this. Safety should always be a company’s number one priority. 

If you or someone that you love has been involved in a workplace accident you may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We are committed to making sure that accident victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you need a free, independent investigation into an accident or just have questions about your rights we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.

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