[Desert Hot Springs, CA] – Mario Contreras Jr. Killed in Industrial Accident Just West of Highway 62
Mario Contreras Jr. Falls to His Death From 100-Foot Wind Turbine near Highway 62
January 09, 2021 – Mario Contreras Jr., age 52, fell to his death on Wednesday morning around 11:15 A.M. Moreover, the man from Calexico died in an industrial accident West of Highway 62.
Originally, the deadly accident took place when Mr. Contreras fell off a 100-foot wind turbine. Also, the turbine was near Oleander Drive and Painted Hills Road.
Sadly, authorities pronounced him dead at the scene.
Furthermore, Site Constructors Inc. said one of its employees “fell more than 100 feet inside the tower of a wind turbine,”.
Aa a result, Cal-OSHA will continue investigating workplace accidents such as this one.
Common Workplace Accidents and How to Prevent Them
One never wants to deal with a workplace accident or injury. Especially, while growing their business.
Physical harm is not the only kind of accident that can happen in the workplace. Consequently, undue stress and hardship for employees and employers can also occur.
First, start with a general awareness and understanding of safety risks to prevent accidents. Then, pair that knowledge with an action plan that will reduce the number of potential risks for injury in the workplace.
Some Workplace Accident Statistics
The latest data on workplace accidents show that there were 544,800 workplace injuries and 32,700 workplace illnesses in 2019.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that out of those cases:
- 11% involved overexertion in lifting or lowering.
- 64% of bone fractures were from accidents in the service industries.
- 62% of slips, trips, and falls were on the same level.
- 20% of slips, trips, and falls were from a worker falling between two or more levels.
- 15% of all nonfatal workplace injuries were from workers being struck by equipment or objects while on the job.
- 35% of cases across all industries resulted from sprains, strains, and tears.
Also, the BLS reported that across all industries, more than 25% of all injuries were caused by slips, trips, and falls.
A Few Good Ways to Prevent Workplace Accidents
A strategic safety plan can help to avoid workplace accidents. Moreover, owners and employees both can help to create a culture of safety and prevention with proactive measures.
Consider the following tips to help strengthen your safety efforts:
- Promote safety awareness and education with regular safety meetings and employee safety training materials.
- Ensure proper lighting which helps to create a well-lit and visible jobsite. Also, it makes it easier for anyone to identify potential risks and avoid them.
- Show safety hazards with clear and informational signage that directly identifies hazardous areas and potential risks. Such as, obstacles, spills, toxic materials, or other hazards.
- Clean up spills as soon as they happen. Furthermore, remember to always have cleaning equipment readily accessible in your workplace.
- Perform routine safety checks to prevent hazards, such as spills or other obstacles.
- Ensure proper ventilation to keep toxic chemicals or other foreign particles from being inhaled.
- Enforce a dress code that promotes accident prevention. For example, hard hats or slip-resistant shoes.
Finally, now that you understand some of the most common causes of workplace accidents and how to prevent them, you can help to enforce your own safety program at work.
All the tips above are just a rough draft for the basis of your program. Also, you can tailor the needs of accident prevention to the unique challenges in your own workplace.
To the family and friends of Mario Contreras Jr., we at Salkow Law firm cannot begin to imagine what you are going through, and our sincerest condolences go out to you.
Salkow Law are true advocates that will work with you directly to achieve justice. Insurance companies want to pay as little compensation as they can. They will even try to make your case go away completely. We will fight for you so that does not happen.
Unlike, the law firms you see plastered on billboards and buses, at Salkow Law you will receive a level of personal service long forgotten at the ‘big’ firms. With us you will not be a faceless, nameless case file. We’ll answer any questions you have and make sure you have a full understanding of how the process works.
This is especially true for families that have lost a loved one in an accident. We won’t stop until we’ve gotten you fair compensation to alleviate the financial toll that unexpected devastation brings.