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VISALIA: Richard Escobedo Killed In Wind Machine Accident At Wonderful Citrus


Jan 11, 2019

Richard Escobedo Visalia: 53-Year-Old Farm Worker Died At Wonderful Citrus After Being Hit By 600 lb Propeller From Malfunctioning Wind Machine

VISALIA, CALIFORNIA (January 11, 2018) – A citrus worker in the Central Valley identified as Richard Escobedo has tragically died after he was hit by the 600 lb blade of a wind machine. 

According to the Sacramento Bee, Richard Escobedo was shutting down a wind machine on January 3 when it began to rattle. At some point the propeller fell off the wind machine and struck the victim causing severe injuries. 

According to the Fresno Bee, Wonderful Citrus was cited for two accidents in 2016. Wonderful Citrus Packing LLC also faces a civil lawsuit from a worker for alleged age discrimination and wrongful termination

Visalia police officials and Cal/OSHA are conducting an investigation into the fatal workplace accident. 

Liability In Workplace Accidents

Companies in California are expected to take safety precautions to prevent accidents and injuries. This is all the more important for agricultural companies. They account for a disproportionate number of workplace accidents and deaths. In order to protect worker’s, companies in California must purchase worker’s compensation insurance. The family members of a deceased worker will likely be able to claim benefits through the worker’s compensation system. 

What many people do not realize is that the worker’s compensation system may not be the only source of recovery following an accident. The family of a deceased worker may be able to file a third-party liability claim if an entity separate from a worker’s employer contributed to an accident. For example, if a wind machine malfunctions and causes an accident the family of the victim have the ability to file a product liability claim. A wrongful death attorney can investigate a workplace accident 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 Richard Escobedo. It is our sincere hope that there is a thorough investigation into what happened and that measures are put in place to prevent future incidents. Companies need to put the safety of their workers first, but far to often this doesn’t happen. Anyone that may have knowledge about the accident should reach out to Cal/OSHA as they continue to investigate.

If someone that you love has been killed in an agricultural accident you may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury lawyers are here to help in any way that we can. We have the staff and resources to investigate all aspects of your case free of charge. Whether you need an investigation into your case or just have questions about your rights we can help. You’re always welcome to reach out to us at (888) 888-9285. 

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