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North Carolina man killed in construction accident

A North Carolina man recently lost his life in a tragic accident while on the job. The ground is said to have collapsed underneath the machine he was using on a road in Fayetteville. The cause of this construction accident is still under investigation.

According to a recent report, an employee for Fayetteville Public Works was operating an excavator as part of a sewage pipe repair project on a local roadway. While clearing trees, the ground beneath the machine is said to have given way, causing the excavator to tip and fall into Stewart Creek. The employee went into the water and never resurfaced. A dive team eventually found his body.

This incident is still being looked into by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, North Carolina Division. Why the ground collapsed is still unclear, though another employee claims that he had a similar issue in this same location years prior. The waterfront area, in general, is said to be unstable.

This tragic construction accident claimed the life of a 13-year employee for the public works department. He is said to have been a dedicated employee. While no information was released about his surviving family members, there are those who are likely suffering a great deal because of his loss. According to North Carolina laws, the victim's loved ones may be entitled to receive workers' compensation death benefits, which could help them handle the monetary losses they have endured as a result of his death. An experienced attorney can help them fight for the full benefits for which they are eligible.

Source: wncn.com, "Ground collapse caused machinery to flip, killing Fayetteville worker, investigators say", Nov. 30, 2016

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