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Questions Surround Bakersfield Recycling Plant Deaths


Bakersfield Recycling Plant Accident
Cal/OSHA Investigates Fatal Recycling Plant Accident

Unanswered questions linger after a fatal accident at a Bakersfield recycling facility resulted in the deaths of two workers.

Two employees died at the Community Recycling site near Arvin after accidentally inhaling fumes from a container that is believed to store hydrogen sulfide. Sixteen-year-old Armando Ramirez and his 22-year-old brother, Heliadio were cleaning storm drains at the facility when they were exposed to the toxic fumes.

The investigation surrounding the circumstances of their death continues as Cal/OSHA is called in to assess the threat to other workers. Veronica Garcia, the victims’ aunt, believes that the recycling company failed to provide the brothers and their fellow employees with proper safety equipment and training. Community Recycling disputes these claims, insisting that the company places the safety of its workers as a top priority.

The company and its practices have frequently been the subject of public criticism. Area residents have filed complaints regarding sanitation issues at the plant site while consumer advocates have alleged that the company uses unsafe practices. Community Recycling uses materials such as garden clippings and kitchen waste to create compost that is used in residential and commercial landscaping.

While injuries or deaths caused by exposure to hydrogen sulfide and other toxic gasses are less common than other types of work-related accidents, the consequences of such an accident can be far-reaching for the victims and their families. Long-term low-level exposure to toxic chemicals can potentially result in permanent breathing problems or impaired mental capacity while high levels of exposure can lead to immediate death. In addition to the physical and emotional implications of such an accident, the cost of ongoing medical treatments, funeral expenses and the impact of lost wages can be financially devastating.

If you or your loved one has suffered a permanent injury or death as a result of exposure to toxic chemicals in the workplace, you need to find the appropriate legal representation to help protect your rights. The law firm of Nadrich & Cohen has represented numerous families in accidental injury and wrongful death lawsuits against insurance companies, corporations, nursing homes, pharmaceutical companies, city governments and other business entities. Our experienced wrongful death attorneys are dedicated to fully investigating the causes of the accident in order to determine liability.

Please the Bakersfield Injury Attorneys of Nadrich & Cohen, LLP by calling 1-800-718-4658. Representatives at our Injury Hotline are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and your initial evaluation is absolutely free. Remember, we receive no compensation unless we recover a money judgment on your behalf. Call today to get the help you need and the compensation you deserve.

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