FONTANA -- State investigators say a deadly industrial accident at a concrete plant Monday is the second in three months involving a worker who lost a leg at the site.

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, or Cal/OSHA, says both incidents are currently being investigated and it is not common to have two leg amputations at one workplace in this amount of time.

"This is not a regular occurrence that we've seen," said Cal/OSHA spokesman Greg Siggins.

A corporate spokesman for Oldcastle referred reporters to the Fontana plant, but officials there could not be reached for comment.

San Bernardino County coroner's officials identified a man killed in Monday's incident as 40-year-old Fernando Quezada of Fontana.

Police said Quezada and another worker were wrapping high-gauge cable into coils when the cable snapped, striking Quezada and the other man. The cable severed the other man's leg and Quezada was struck in the head, Siggins said.

The condition of the man who survived the accident was not available Tuesday.

Cal/OSHA and the San Bernardino County District Attorney's Bureau of Investigations came to the site at 10650 Hemlock Ave. following the accident.

Another worker suffered a severe leg injury at Oldcastle on Aug. 8.

A concrete pole stacked on a pile of other poles fell, injuring the worker.

"One rolled down onto a guy's leg and his leg was amputated," Siggins said.

That investigation is expected to be complete by January or February.

If Cal/OSHA determines the company didn't protect its workers, citations ranging from general to serious could be issued, resulting in fines.

The District Attorney's Office also plans to investigate the incidents, and will determine whether criminal charges should be filed.

"Whenever someone is hurt or killed due to violations of workplace safety regulations, the district attorney will investigate and prosecute those cases where the employer/business didn't follow the rules," according to the DA's special prosecution unit website.


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