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Work accident causes head injury to construction worker

The construction field presents many dangers in North Carolina, which is why safety training and inspection are such critical parts of the industry. However, no matter how much inspection or training takes place, accidents unfortunately are bound to happen. One man was injured in a recent out-of-state work accident on a construction site.

The incident happened in the morning on a recent Thursday. The company where the accident took place is in the process of growing its plant. The accident, which led to critical injuries, happened when the man was on a beam made of steel and fell 25 feet. When the man landed, he hit his head. The worker was found unconscious when paramedics arrived upon the scene; he was also bleeding from his head.

A helicopter had to take the man, who is in his mid-30s, to a local medical center. There, he underwent surgery, but his prognosis still wasn't good at the time. Construction crews had just completed the pouring of a foundation for the business’ expansion and had begun to put up steel beams. The ground was broken on the new facility in early May.

Workers in North Carolina may find comfort in knowing that their employers have to buy workers’ compensation insurance, which covers them in case they are injured on the job. A work accident can be scary and highly stressful, as an individual is often consumed with trying to physically heal so that he or she may return to work. In addition, injured workers need money to pay their rent and bills while they are unable to work. If these employees aren't getting the benefits they deserve and need, understanding the law may help them to successfully fight for their rights.

Source: Herald Tribune, "Worker rushed into surgery after fall at Tervis plant expansion", Shelby Webb, May 15, 2014

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