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OJAI: Francisco Ruiz Morales Died In Accident After Falling From Ladder By Libbey Avenue


Apr 26, 2019

Francisco Morales Ojai: Roofing Worker Francisco Ruiz Morales From Oxnard Tragically Died In Ojai Accident After Falling From Ladder Located At Residence On Libbey Avenue 

OJAI, CALIFORNIA (April 25, 2019) – A man in his 40’s identified as Francisco Ruiz Morales has tragically died after falling from his ladder near the 800 block of Libbey Avenue.

Ojai police are saying that the victim was doing roofing when the accident took place.  Francisco Ruiz Morales fell off the ladder around 11:30 a.m. and was not conscious but still breathing when paramedics arrived. 

Despite life-saving efforts Francisco Ruiz Morales was later pronounced dead due to his injuries. An investigation into the cause of the accident remains ongoing. 

Liability In Roofing Accidents

Construction sites can be extremely dangerous even for experienced workers. In any given year there are over 150,000 construction related accidents. OSHA has identified the “fatal four” types of accidents that account for most injuries in deaths. 

  • Falls are the leading cause of injury and deaths at work sites. In order to keep employees safe employers should include safety harnesses and lines when required.
  • Being struck by falling objects is the second leading cause of injury and death for workers. Workers can help stay safe by wearing hard hats and never positioning themselves under a suspended load. 
  • Electrocutions are responsible for more than 300 deaths and 4,000 injuries every year. Adequate training and  personal protective equipment (PPE) can go a long way towards protecting workers. 
  • Caught-in-between accidents occur when a worker is crushed between two or more objects. This most often occurs when trucks or other heavy equipment are backing up. It’s important that employees communicate with one another to prevent these types of accidents. 

The family of a worker that died in an accident at work is protected by a  number of laws. 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 to a worker’s next of kin or other dependents. 

In addition to worker’s compensation claims the family of an injured worker may be able to pursue a third party liability claim. For example, if a property owner had their premises in an unsafe condition they could potentially face civil liability following an accident.  A premises liability attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your options are. 

Investigating A Ladder Fall Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Francisco Ruiz Morales. Any person that may have seen what happened should come forward and speak with authorities. It is our sincere hope that safety measures will be put in place to help prevent accidents like this in the future. Companies should be doing everything in their power to help keep their employees safe. 

If you or someone that you love has been involved in a work accident you may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We can investigate all of the facts of your case and get to the bottom of what happened. We are committed to making sure that families get the answers that they deserve. Whether you need a free police report about an incident or just have questions regarding your rights we are here for you.You can  reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.

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