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March 2015 Archives

North Carolina construction accident kills 3 and injures 1

Unfortunately, there have been multiple workplace accidents in North Carolina recently. Most recently, several hours east in the state's capital, a scaffolding accident occurred when scaffolding broke free from a high rise construction project. The scaffolding accident occurred when the scaffolding broke free from the façade of the project workers were working on. Several men were on the scaffolding when it broke free and the scaffolding fall resulted in the death of three workers and injured a fourth.

Worker recently killed in North Carolina construction accident

Victims of construction accidents, and their families, have a variety of options on their side when harmed in a construction accident. A construction worker was recently killed approximately an hour southeast of the Asheville area. The victim worked for a construction company and had been employed by the construction company for just shy of ten years. According to the co-owner of the company the victim worked for, he was running a machine and was thrown from it. A fellow employee found the victim who failed to respond and was pronounced dead by emergency personnel shortly after they arrived at the scene. Though the victim's family was contacted, they did not wish to comment. The construction accident is currently under investigation by authorities.

What safety protections exist for mine workers?


Mining can, unfortunately, be a dangerous profession. Miners can sometimes fall victim to mine collapses and other types of workplace accidents that can cause injuries and harm to mine workers. According to the U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration, there were a total of 38 metal and non-metal and coal mining fatalities in 2014. In 2013, there were a total of 43 fatalities, preceded by 36 in 2012, 37 in 2011 and 71 in 2010.

Construction workers have different options when harmed in a fall


During 2013, greater than a third of construction worker deaths were due to fall-related accidents. In addition, as many as 10 percent of workers may injure themselves in falls each year. Falls are considered one of the "fatal four" types of construction-site accidents that harm workers. Workplace fall accidents can include scaffolding falls, ladder falls and other types of construction-site falls. Falls can lead to serious injuries and damages for workers and their families.