During the preparation of the grounds at the Empire Polo Club in Indio in the week leading up to the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, a tragic workplace accident claimed the life of a stagehand. Although his family will be eligible for financial assistance with the funeral and burial costs through the California workers’ compensation system, nothing can ever make up for a loved one’s death. The deceased worker was a 49-year-old San Diego man.
Reportedly, the man was a member of the crew since the festival was established 20 years ago, and he was the lead rigger before his death. Indio police, CalFire and the county fire department responded after receiving a call at about 9:30. Sadly, the rigger succumbed to his injuries before he could be transported to a medical facility.
Authorities say the worker was on the roof of the staging area the incident happened. The circumstances that caused him to fall to his death were not reported. As with all workplace fatalities, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health will likely launch an investigation to determine the cause of the fall.
Dealing with death benefits claims after a loved one’s death could be a daunting task. Fortunately, an experienced California workers’ compensation attorney can provide the necessary support and guidance throughout the ensuing legal and administrative proceedings. Eligible surviving family members can claim death benefits, and with legal counsel’s assistance, the end-of-life expenses and lost wages might be obtained promptly. The financial package can help with the family’s day-to-day living expenses.