Robert Sierra Jr. Killed in Excavator Accident on Green Tree Bridge in Victorville, CA
UPDATE (June 24, 2022): Sources now identify the victim in the accident as Robert Sierra Jr. Additional details about the incident are unavailable at this time.
Victorville, CA -- June 22, 2022, a worker sustained fatal injuries after an accident where an excavator landed on a truck at a work site.
Preliminary reports said that the crash took place early Wednesday at the Green Tree Bridge construction site. In a series of events still under investigation, it appears equipment, possibly an excavator, somehow fell over. Doing so, the equipment landed on a semi-truck. The driver inside that truck reportedly sustained fatal injuries due to the incident. Additional details are unavailable at this time.
Commentary on Robert Sierra Jr. Construction Accident in Victorville
Something to consider in situations like this is the complex nature of work fatalities legally speaking. Folks tend to assume everything must be handled through workers' comp. That's often true, but there can be exceptions to that.
Sometimes, construction sites have workers from multiple different companies on the same site. In those situations, it's possible for the employee of one company to make a mistake that harms someone from a separate company. That can mean that the typical restrictions placed on workers and families by workers' comp don't apply, since those restrictions generally only apply to workers and their own employers.
That's why it's so important to take accidents like this seriously and ensure steps are taken to ensure the victim's loved ones know they're getting the full story.