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Fatal fall in North Carolina kills construction worker

When workers suffer a fatal workplace accident, it is important for family members to know what to do. One family may be struggling with this after a fatal construction accident recently claimed the life of a worker in a nearby North Carolina community two hours southwest of the Asheville area. The fatality occurred when the 54-year old worker fell at a construction site. According to a representative from the North Carolina Department of Labor, the victim was working on a ladder on an exterior balcony of a five-story building when he fell. The victim worked for a subcontractor on the construction project.

An overview of mining accidents and their impact on victims

Overall, during 2013 41 mining fatalities were reported in the United States which was an increase from 35 reported mining fatalities in 2012. Close to half of the mining fatalities were accounted for by the coal mining industry. Just under half of the fatal mining accidents occurred underground. In addition to mining fatalities, serious mining injuries also result from mining accidents.

Workers in North Carolina have health and safety protections

It is important for workers to be familiar with workplace health and safety requirements and their rights associated with them. The Compliance Bureau of the North Carolina Department of Labor conducts around 5,500 inspections of North Carolina businesses each year to ensure that applicable workplace health and safety standards are complied with.

What are employer duties for preventing workplace injuries?

Employer in North Carolina have a responsibility to provide a safe workplace for their employees, which may be something that workers have wondered about or had questions about. Employers are required to provide a workplace that is free of serious hazards. In addition, employers must follow the Occupational Health and Safety Administration's (OSHA) health and safety standards. Employers are also required to identify and resolve safety problems and concerns to help keep their employees safe.

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