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North Carolina work accident: Construction worker drowned

Authorities in North Carolina are investigating the cause of a construction worker's death. According to a recent report, the victim drowned after he fell into a lake while trying to untangle equipment while on the highway bridge on which he was working. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has been called to review this work accident in order to determine if the proper safety protocols were followed.

On Tuesday, Aug. 30, rescue workers were called to the Highway 127 bridge in Hickory to help search for a construction worker who fell into the water. He was reportedly part of a construction team that was sandblasting and repainting the bridge. After some time searching, crews pulled the 24-year-old's body out of the lake.

The cause of the fall is still under investigation. All that is known is that this individual was untangling equipment when he somehow fell the 15 to 20 feet into Lake Hickory. Other employees attempted to rescue him by jumping into the water after him, but their efforts were unsuccessful. Rescue teams say that debris in the water made it difficult to locate his body.

Those who live in the area claim that these construction workers never appeared to have on harnesses or other safety equipment. While an investigation into the matter will uncover the full details of this work accident, if it is true that a lack of safety equipment was an issue, the employer could be held accountable for this employee's death. In the very least, this employee's family will likely be entitled to collect workers' compensation death benefits. An experienced attorney will be able to walk the decedent's loved ones through the process of filing for workers' comp benefits and in assessing whether other claims may be appropriately filed in a North Carolina civil court.

Source:, "Divers recover body of construction worker who drowned in Lake Hickory", Dave Faherty, Aug. 31, 2016

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