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North Carolina plant closes following worker's death

A 54-year-old man who worked at a lumber mill near Greenville sustained serious injuries on Aug. 4, resulting in his death. The mill where he worked was closed for more than 24 hours following the incident in order to facilitate an investigation. A team from the company was reportedly cooperating with Occupational Safety and Health Administration to determine the cause of the accident. Both the company and OSHA are pursuing separate investigations into the matter. The Occupational Safety and Health Division of the North Carolina Department of Labor said that the closure of the plant was a company decision and not a product of any action taken by state agencies.

Investigators stated that the death appears to be related to use of a forklift on the job site. They have yet to determine whether the vehicle was being operated at a safe speed and whether it was being handled by authorized personnel. No official statement has been made about whether the dead worker was the operator of a forklift or harmed by someone who was operating one.

Industrial accidents can be emotionally and financially difficult for a family to confront. A worker can lose earnings and face significant medical bills following an incident. A workers' compensation attorney may be able to provide some insights when a worker chooses to pursue a claim in the aftermath of a workplace injury.

In cases where an employee is killed, similar benefits might be offered to his or her family. A workers family might face the additional costs of final expenses and lost financial support and benefits. However, workers' compensation benefits might cover those deficiencies.

Source: Elkin Tribune, "Weyerheauser plant closed after death", Anthony Gonzalez , August 06, 2014

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