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North Carolina worker killed in industrial accident


A recent industrial accident a couple of hours east of the Asheville area resulted in the death of one worker. The man was operating a cherry picker in the downtown area at the time of his death. Although officials noted that the worker did not fall, he was pronounced dead at the scene, which was the site of a building that was under renovations. The accident was classified as an accidental workplace death. The Occupational Safety and Health Division of the North Carolina Department of Labor is investigating the industrial accident.

Industrial accidents can impact workers, their families and the community. The hardest hit are workers and their families, who may suffer a multitude of damages following a workplace accident. Injured workers suffer medical and financial challenges and setbacks, and families of workers killed in a workplace accident may suffer even larger financial and emotional challenges and setbacks.

Because of the serious impact a workplace accident can have on a worker and the worker's family, different options are in place to help injured workers and their families following an accident. Workers may receive medical and lost-wages benefits through workers' compensation, while surviving family members may be able to receive important death benefits to assist with the damages they have suffered.

Additionally, because construction sites can be chaotic places, additional options and resources may be available if the negligence of a third party on a job site led to the injury or harm suffered by the worker or the worker's family.

Source: WXII12.com, "1 dead in industrial accident in downtown Winston-Salem," July 7, 2015

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