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North Carolina industrial accidents: Lumber yard worker killed

In North Carolina and elsewhere, accidents often occur in the workplace. When this happens, those injured or -- in the event of fatality -- their surviving family members may be negatively affected in a number of ways. Industrial accidents, in particular, can be devastating. This appears to the be case following a recent incident at a lumber yard in another state.

According to reports, a 59-year-old male was killed while he was operating a forklift on a ramp. While going up the first of three ramps, the forklift fell, landing on top of the victim. Why the forklift went off the ramp is yet to be determined.

Authorities were alerted to the incident and arrived at the scene at approximately 1:54 p.m. Before they arrived, other employees did their best to rescue the injured man, but they were unsuccessful. The victim had been crushed by the weight of the machine and died of his injuries.

Losing loved ones in industrial accidents such as this can be emotionally and economically devastating. While there is nothing that can replace the life that was lost, surviving family members can at least seek to ease their financial burdens by filing for workers' compensation death benefits. Such compensation can help cover funeral expenses and includes a wage replacement package for covered dependants. Some North Carolina residents may find it difficult to achieve the full benefit to which they are entitled, however. They can, with the help of an experienced workers' comp attorney, fight insurance companies for maximum compensation.

Source: sfist.com, "Man Fatally Crushed In 'Industrial Accident' At San Francisco Lumber Yard", Eve Batey, Nov. 22, 2016

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