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Collapsed beam kills 1 in construction accident

An out-of-state worker is dead and several others injured after a steel beam collapsed during an ongoing construction project. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration was on the scene of the construction accident soon afterward. OSHA investigations play a pivotal role in creating the safest possible workplaces in North Carolina and across the rest of the United States.

Overnight construction on an interstate bridge was brought to a tragic halt when the beam collapsed on four workers. All four of the injured workers were transported to different area hospitals. Unfortunately, one of the construction workers did not survive the accident and was ultimately pronounced dead after arriving at the hospital. The other three were later released after receiving necessary treatment.

The 45-ton, 187-foot-long steel beam was being removed from the bridge when the load apparently shifted. Although the investigation is still ongoing, preliminary results indicate that the accident likely could have been avoided if proper safety protocols had been used. It is unclear how much longer the investigation will take, as the agency is looking into the practices of both the workers' employer as well as the general contractor who was assigned to the project.

Accidents on the job can happen at any time and in any workplace, but the aftermath of a construction accident can be truly devastating. Construction workers in North Carolina typically face especially dangerous environments. Proper safety equipment and protocols are necessary to ensure the continued livelihood of workers, but negligent employees who forgo these necessities put employees at unnecessary risk for injury and death. Workers' compensation benefits are often an injured employees most valuable asset during recovery, while temporary death benefits can be helpful for family members who have lost loved ones in a workplace accident.

Source: Des Plaines, IL. Patch, "Officials ID Construction Worker Killed in I-90 Beam Accident (UPDATED)", April 5, 2016

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