by Michael Pines

Many San Diegans work in occupations where their safety could be compromised and injury could result. But, regardless of the job, the workplace should ideally be safe for all workers, no matter how strenuous or laborious the job may be. It’s up to the employer to provide a workplace that’s safe — even if the job itself poses some level of risk, such as those who are employed in construction, trucking, transportation, or work that involves large machinery or equipment. Unfortunately, though, many employers can fall short of providing the safe environment that all employees deserve.

State officials are looking into a recent workplace fatality in Carlsbad involving a local resident who was killed while unloading a semi-truck. One man, an employee of Flor-Expo, died at the scene of the accident according to Carlsbad Police Officers.

According to reports, the man opened the rolling door of the semi-truck when it rolled backward onto him, pinning him between the wall and the truck. The medical examiner “indicates the rear doors of the truck hit the Flor-Expo employee in the back of the head, knocking him to the ground,” says NBC San Diego.

Two drivers were in the big rig, according to Cal OSHA – the agency that regulates workplace safety. While authorities report the brake of the vehicle was set, the truck was still idling which could have contributed to the unstable movement of the truck.  Cal OSHA says they will investigate the matter over the next few months since the accident is classified as an occupational fatality.

According to Cal OSHA, the accident is considered a “multi-employer search” meaning the agency will investigate both Flor-Expo and the big rig company, D and D Transportation, for possible safety violations. It is possible that either company – or both – many be issued a citation.

Workplace injury: take action

Even though it is usually the responsibility of the employer to provide a safe work environment, the employee can take extra measures to ensure his or her safety is not compromised. Consider the following safety tips, and most of all, don’t be afraid to speak up if you see a potentially dangerous workplace risk. After all, your life can be on the line.

Reduce your risk of workplace by calling attention to unsafe areas

As an employee, it is your right to work in an environment that is free from potentially dangerous areas or situations. If you feel your safety is at all compromised, do not hesitate to speak up and tell a supervisor. If your concerns are not addressed, take the issue to upper management. And if you still feel you are at risk for injury while on the job, call your state officials. In California, you can address your complaints to Cal OSHA.

Always wear proper safety equipment

If your job requires special safety equipment, make sure it fits properly, is undamaged, and be sure to wear it at all times or as the job requires. Doing so ensures your risk for injury is reduced. If you feel you could benefit from safety equipment if your employer does not already provide it, ask a supervisor what you can do to get the proper equipment to perform your job safely

Get the training you need to complete the job safely

Proper safety training can make all the difference in the world when it comes to workplace injury in San Diego. Attend all required safety trainings, and keep logs of your attendance. Most large equipment manufacturers require training at least once per year. If you’re unsure or would like to brush up on the latest employee training courses, contact your employer.

Workplace injury: what to do when it happens

Unfortunately, workplace injury in San Diego happens all too often. If you have been injured, you have legal rights. Call a personal injury lawyer in San Diego at 1-858-551-2090 for a free legal consultation of your case. Our personal injury firm will fight to get you the maximum compensation. We do not collect unless we win; call us now or submit your case details online.