Security Guard Killed After Gate Falls on Her at Burrtec Industries Facility

On Saturday, May 25, 2013, at about 5:15 PM, San Bernardino Police and Fire personnel were called to location in the 5400 block of Industrial Parkway, in north San Bernardino. On arrival they found that a security guard had been crushed by a heavy steel security gate that had fallen off its track. The guard, Maria Luisa Peinado, a 64 year old resident of Colton, was pronounced dead at the scene. The security guard was crushed to death when she tried to put a heavy steel security gate back on its track and it fell on her. Peinado, a Colton resident, was pronounced dead at the scene. Police and the state Division of Occupational Safety and Health are investigating her death.

Liability for  Gate Accident in San Bernardino

Based on the information provided by news reports, it is not immediately clear whether the cause of this accident was due to a malfunction in the equipment. However, if investigators come to a conclusion there was a machinery malfunction, the employer in which the victim is under the supervision could be held accountable for his serious injuries, as they are obligated and responsible for providing safe and functioning equipment.

Therefore, in a fatal accident like this one, it would be well-advised for the family of the victim to speak to an experienced attorney who is knowledgeable in machinery accidents can help family members understand their legal rights, ensure those rights are protected in a personal injuty claim, and decide the best course of action to recover the maximum compensation for their tragic loss.






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