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North Carolina factor accident claims life of worker

An accident that occurred in a North Carolina factory located less than two hours southeast of the Asheville area recently claimed the life of a worker. A metal plant worker was killed when he was struck by a tool that was believed to have been kicked out by heavy machinery. The company for which the man worked supplies metal parts to the automotive and electronic industries. State and local authorities, including the North Carolina Occupational Safety and Health division, are investigating the accident. The worker was operating a sheet metal press machine when a tool placed on it kicked out and came to rest in the right side of the worker's chest.

This company has been cited for 36 workplace safety violations, including 11 serious violations, according to Occupational Safety and Health Administration records. According to statistics, metalworking can be a dangerous industry. During 2013, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 47 victims died in the metal product manufacturing industry.

Workers' compensation resources protect injured workers and the families of workers killed on the job, regardless of the fault circumstances related to a particular workplace accident. Workers' compensation benefits can include benefits for lost wages, medical expenses and benefits for surviving family members. Depending on the situation, additional legal recourse may be available to injured workers and family members of workers killed in a workplace accident.

Losing a loved one in a workplace accident, such as a factory accident, may present unique challenges for surviving family members as they attempt to cope with the emotional and financial harm of the loss. Because of the vulnerable circumstances in which workers and family members can be placed, legal options are available to offer help during a difficult time.

Source: The Charlotte Observer, "Workplace accident claims life of employee at metalworking plant," Ames Alexander, May 18, 2015

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