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Construction accident leads to injuries to foreman

Construction sites are filled with many hazards, and, unfortunately, sometimes construction workers in North Carolina end up suffering injuries as a result of these hazards. In one out-of-state case, one construction worker suffered injuries in a construction accident. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration is now investigating the accident.

According to officials, the accident happened when workers were trying to put lumber on a garage ceiling at a home designed for two families. No support was present in the area. Therefore, when the load was dropped, the lumber ended up shifting and fell down.

As the lumber load fell, it struck the construction worker, who is a foreman, and pinned him down. The foreman was attempting to escape the area via the front part of the first floor, which had been framed, but he was unable to do so. The accident caused him to suffer leg and head injuries. When the incident occurred, the foreman did not have on a hard hat. He was transported to the hospital via ambulance.

North Carolina employers must purchase workers' compensation insurance, which is designed to provide benefits to workers who are injured on the job. This type of insurance allows employees who have been hurt to get benefits no matter whose fault the accident was. Employers are also protected from litigation by employees through workers' compensation. People who are injured on the job in a construction accident have the right to pursue legal guidance in an effort to obtain the maximum benefits to which they are entitled.

Source: centralctcommunications.com, "Construction worker injured at building site in New Britain", Lisa Backus, May 26, 2016

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