One of the best ways to ensure safe usage of dangerous work equipment is to make sure the workers have proper training. Lack of training is a major cause of serious work accidents in California. A recent tragedy could have been due to the fact that a teenage worker did not know how to avoid getting caught in an auger.
The victim, 19, had taken a summer job with a landscaping company in Washington state. It is not clear if he had any prior experience with landscaping, but given his age, it seem likely that he had little to no experience in the field. Still, the company promised him 60 hours a week of work, his mother said.