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North Carolina plant worker died while on duty

On July 15, an employee with Crypton Fabrics in Gaston County died while working overnight at the plant, according to reports. The identity of the worker was not initially released .

First respondents who arrived at about 2 a.m., at the plant on Crypton Drive near N.C. 161 found the deceased worker by a tenter frame machine that dries fabric and upholstery, officials said. The company contacted the state Occupational Health and Safety Administration for help in investigating the fatal workplace accident. The vice president of the company expressed condolences to the family of the deceased worker in the report.

According to preliminary investigations by the state's Occupational and Health Services Division, the employee was fatally injured when his skull was crushed. The investigation into the incident, however, was still underway and could take anywhere from several weeks to six months to complete, according to state officials. The investigation includes interviewing the company's employees and a thorough inspection of the plant in an effort to see if the company is guilty of any safety or health violations. According to the report, no other deaths occurred at the plant. Hi-Tex does embossing and printing on various fabric and plastic articles.

Sometimes, unsafe working conditions may result in a workplace accident. In the event that a worker dies from injuries he or she incurred while on-the-job, his or her family may be eligible to collect workers' compensation benefits. If it is determined that the worker died as a result of intentional or reckless conduct of the employer, the deceased worker's family may choose to file a lawsuit against the employer instead of accepting workers' compensation benefits in some states, since payouts from the suit could be larger. An attorney may assist the family in making this determination.

Source: WSOC-TV, "Officials: Worker killed overnight at Gaston Co. plant", Tenikka Smith, July 15, 2014

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