Manuel Villalpando Gardena: 61-Year-Old Employee Of German Machined Products Inc (GMPI) Died In Industrial Accident While Performing Maintenance
GARDENA, CALIFORNIA (February 14, 2019) – A 61-year-old man identified as Manuel Villalpando has tragically died in an accident at German Machined Products Inc (GMPI).
Investigators are saying that the victim was an employee of the Gardena based business located on 1415 West 178th Street. First responders pronounced Manuel Villalpando dead on arrival.
The victim was apparently performing maintenance on a large cutting machine. For reasons that remain under investigation, it was turned on while the victim was still inside.
Plant operations were shut down for the day as an investigation continued. Family members of the victim and employees gathered outside to mourn.
You can support the victim’s family by donating to their Go Fund Me page.
Liability In Workplace Accidents
Companies have a responsibility to follow Cal/OSHA guidelines and take steps to prevent accidents at the workplace. In addition to following safety procedures, companies must also purchase worker’s compensation insurance in the event of an accident. Worker’s compensation insurance allows a worker or their family to receive aid after an accident. Worker’s are barred by statute from bringing claims directly against their employer, but this may be possible if a company failed to purchase worker’s compensation insurance.
In addition to filing for a workers compensation claim after an accident, the family members of a deceased worker may be able to file a third party liability claim. A third party liability claim may be possible if an entity separate from a worker’s employer caused an accident. For example, the manufacturer of an unsafe machine may face liability following an accident. It’s important to be proactive and know your rights. A wrongful death attorney can help investigate your claim free of charge and let you know what your options are. We can let you know if any safety regulations were broken leading up to an accident. There are statute of limitations associated with being able to file a claim, so it’s important to act quickly.
Investigating a Workplace Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Manuel Villalpando as they are going through such a difficult time. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened for the sake of all of those that have been affected. It is our sincere hope that German Machined Products Inc (GMPI) will take steps to prevent additional accidents in the future. Every company should be steadfastly committed to the safety of their workers.
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