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UPDATE: Worker Killed In Accident At Torrance Refining Company After Being Hit By Heavy Object Inside Storage Tank

Jul 22, 2019

Torrance Refining Company Accident: Worker Killed In Accident At Torrance Refining Company After Being Hit By Heavy Object Inside Storage Tank

TORRANCE, CALIFORNIA (July 22, 2019) – A worker in his 40’s has tragically died after being hit by a heavy object at the Torrance Refining Company. 

According to investigators, the worker was “struck and killed while jacking a floating roof support leg during a tank repair.” Firefighters and paramedics rushed to the scene in order to help the victim. 

By the time the Torrance Fire Department arrived he was in full cardiac arrest. He was later pronounced dead.

An investigation into the Torrance Refining Company accident remains ongoing at this point. 

Liability In Workplace Accidents

Companies have a legal responsibility to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe manner so that workers can be kept safe.According to the California Civil Code § 1714 subsection (a), “Everyone is responsible, not only for the result of his or her willful acts, but also for an injury occasioned to another by his or her want of ordinary care or skill in the management of his or her property or person, except so far as the latter has, willfully or by want of ordinary care, brought the injury upon himself or herself.”

When an accident does occur companies have a legal obligation to provide workers 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 also includes providing death benefits to the family of any worker that lost their life. But benefits may also extend beyond worker’s compensation. 

If an entity separate from a worker’s employer was responsible for an accident they could face civil liability through a civil claim. Determining third party liability in a workplace accident can be very difficult. It’s best to have an experienced personal injury attorney investigate your case free of cost and let you know if there is potential third party negligence. Damages in a civil claim can help with funeral expenses, lost wages and loss of love. 

Investigating A Workplace Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of the worker that was killed at the Torrance Refining Company. It is our sincere hope that measures are put in place to help reduce the likelihood of accidents like this in the future. Companies need to be doing everything in their power to prevent accidents. 

If you or someone that you love has been involved in a workplace accident there are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. 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 they get the support that they rightfully deserve. Whether you just have questions about the law or need assistance after an accident we are here for you (888) 888-9285.

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