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NAPA: Leon Lua Killed In Accident With Mechanical Grape Picking Machine at Deconinck Vineyards

Oct 30, 2018

Leon Lua Accident: Napa Field Worker Leon Marcelo Lua Died In Mechanical Grape Picking Accident At Deconinck Vineyards In Napa Valley

 NAPA, CALIFORNIA (October 30, 2018) A Napa field worker identified as Leon Marcelo Lua has tragically died in an accident with a mechanical grape picker.

Napa police are saying that the accident took place around 12:45 p.m. at Deconinck Vineyards on 1006 Monticello Road. Leon Lua became entrapped inside of the grape picker and sustained critical injuries.

According to a spokesperson for Cal/OSHA, there is currently an investigation into how the accident with the mechanical grape picker took place.

Liability In Accidents With Mechanical Grape Pickers

Grapes are a major cash crop for California. In fact, California exports about 90% of all of the grapes grown in the United States. But there are a number of unique hazards associated with harvesting. Most grapes are harvested with enormous machines called grape pickers.

These machines have large openings in order to suck in grapes and sort them. A number of accidents happen when they tip over or when a worker becomes ensnared. A number of other workers get run over.

When a worker is injured or killed in California  they or their family will typically be able to recover damages by filing a workers compensation claim.  Depending on the facts of any case a worker may also be able to pursue a third party negligence claim. For example, if a grape picker malfunctions and injures or kills a worker the company that built the machine may face civil liability. A wrongful death attorney can evaluate the specific facts of your case and let you know what your rights are.

Preserving Your Rights After A Work Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our condolences to the family of Leon Lua. This is a complete tragedy. It is our hope that steps are taken to help protect other field workers. Farming can be very dangerous. This is why it’s so important that business owners take every step possible to make sure their workers are protected.

If someone that you love has died while harvesting grapes you may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We’ve been fighting on behalf of accident victims and their families for over 40 years. We will do everything in our power to make sure that you get justice. Whether you are looking to get a police report after an accident or you just have questions about your rights you’re always welcome to call us. You can reach us anytime at (888) 888-9285.


  1. Register staff. Update: Napa field worker killed in mechanical grape-picking accident. October 29, 2018
  2. Edward Smith. Grape Picking Season Carries Hidden Dangers. 2016

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