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Industrial accident at Caterpillar under investigation

Most people in North Carolina and across the country are aware that there are certain dangers that they face in the workplace. Despite this knowledge, they likely report to work each day thinking that they will safely return to their families at the end of their shift. Unfortunately, an industrial accident in another state has recently resulted in one man's death and remains under investigation.

The incident happened on an afternoon in May. Many of the details regarding the incident at Caterpillar remain unclear. However, rescue workers claim that the 60-year-old victim was welding steel plates. A plate reportedly fell, striking him and resulted in serious injury.

Construction worker killed in accident involving paving machine

While everyone in North Carolina likely enjoys driving on well-maintained roadways and parking lots, for example, many people are unaware of the efforts that go into building them or the potential harm that workers may face while doing so. However, all jobs hold the risk of a work-related injuries, especially when tasks involve the use of heavy machinery. Unfortunately, a construction worker in another state recently lost his life in a work-related accident.

The accident happened just before noon on a day in early May. According to reports, a 72-year-old man was operating a paver at a construction site. Reports indicate that the man fell from the paver. Police say that they are unsure about what caused the fall.

Truck drivers need to stay vigilant to avoid a crash

After logging thousands of hours behind the wheel of a semitruck, it's easy for truck drivers to become overconfident -- even cavalier -- when it comes to safety concerns. It's not that the truck driver is doing this on purpose. It's just that people can become somewhat numb to safety concerns when they do the same thing day in and day out on the job.

Because of the extreme danger and threat to human safety that semitrucks present, it's vital that anyone who regularly operates a commercial truck review the following core pieces of safety advice on a regular basis:

Officials to investigate fatal work accident

There are likely hundreds of tasks that a worker in North Carolina performs throughout his or her workday. Often this tasks are mundane and carry little risk of harm. However, some tasks may seem relatively safe but can turn deadly when something unexpected happens. Unfortunately, a man in another state recently lost his life in a fatal work accident.

The incident happened during the morning hours of a day in early May. According to reports, the 34-year-old victim was working at a vineyard. He was reportedly attempting to disentangle vineyard wire that had become wrapped around the tiller attached to a tractor.

11 suffer workplace injury in refinery blast

While many people in North Carolina work at jobs with the potential for danger, most are confident in the mechanisms and procedures in place to prevent a major incident from happening. Despite these safety measures, a workplace accident -- as well as a workplace injury -- can still occur. In fact, 11 workers in another state were recently injured.

The incident that led to their injuries happened one morning on a day in late April. According to reports, the accident happened at a Husky Energy oil refinery. Reports indicate that a refinery plant explosion sent plumes of black smoke into the air.

2 firefighters, 1 utility worker face workplace injury

People in the United States enjoy a way of life that may seem to be foreign to others living in other areas of the country. While water flowing directly into houses through pipes may seem to be a requirement of everyday life, many people take it for granted until a water leak, for example, occurs resulting in the water being shut off. Unfortunately, many people in North Carolina also take for granted the effort that utility workers must go to and the potential for a workplace injury that they may face in maintaining water lines, for example.

A recent accident in another state underscores the dangers that these workers face. As workers responded to a water line leak, they began excavating asphalt. During the process, a natural gas line was reportedly struck.

Dump truck driver killed in work accident

When aspects of a North Carolina work environment are poorly designed, some workers may have to risk their personal safety to utilize them. For example, the placement of a card reader at a work site in another state may be questioned following a recent work accident in another state. Police reports indicate that the incident resulted in a fatality.

The incident that resulted in the death of a 60-year-old man reportedly happened at approximately 8:30 a.m. on a day in mid-April. According to reports, he was attempting to pick up a load of sand in a dump truck at Trinity Materials Company. However, he reportedly fell from the vehicle as he attempted to swipe his entry card over a card reader.

Can you get workers' compensation as an undocumented worker?

You came to the country through unusual means, and that labels you as an undocumented worker. You work hard, and you believe you should have access to many of the services and benefits the American people receive.

Recently, you got hurt on the job, but you didn't say anything. You didn't think you were eligible for workers' compensation, and if you spoke up, you could lose your ability to come to work or collect a paycheck. The injury is getting worse, and now you don't think you can continue to come to work safely. You want to get appropriate medical treatment and take time off to heal. What can you do?

Fatal industrial accident under investigation

There are a variety of different hazards in every single work environment in North Carolina and across the country. While employees can take safety precautions by ensuring that they are properly trained to use certain equipment and have appropriate safety gear, an industrial accident can still occur if machinery acts in a way that is unanticipated. Unfortunately, a man in another state has recently passed away as a result of injuries suffered in such an accident.

The incident happened on a day in early April. Reports indicate that the 29-year-old man was working to clear brush on a rural property. A witness claims that the victim was using a chainsaw at the time of his death.

Man hospitalized following workplace injury

All workplaces hold some degree of risk. While employers and employees in North Carolina can take certain precautions to prevent these accidents, they still occur, often leaving workers suffering from unexpected financial complications due to a workplace injury. In fact, a worker in another state was recently hospitalized following an incident.

The incident that sent the man to the hospital happened on a day in late March. According to reports supplied by the 31-year-old victim's wife, he was struck by a forklift and pinned to the ground. He was reportedly dragged for a short distance as well.

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