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Recycling company under investigation after worker injured

Employers, regardless of business type, have a duty to their employees to provide safe working environments, protective gear and equipment -- if needed -- and safety training. Unfortunately, some employers in North Carolina and elsewhere fail to meet all of the federal safety standards. In another state, one company is under investigation again, following an accident that left an employee injured.

Columbia Recycling has had several safety violations over the years. They have been fined numerous times since 2007. This has cost the company hundreds of thousands of dollars.

An employee at Columbia Recycling was crushed recently when nearly 1,000 pounds of material fell on him. Details of how the accident occurred have not been reported. Emergency crews were contacted and the employee was taken to a medical facility for treatment. His current condition is unknown. The company is refusing to comment on the situation.

It is unknown how long an investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will take regarding this matter, though the federal agency generally has six months to issue a report. The result of this investigation will not be needed for the employee to gain access to workers' compensation benefits, though, as he can apply for these benefits immediately. Such benefits can be used to cover his medical expenses, lost wages, disability -- if applicable -- and various other losses that may come as a direct result of this workplace accident. Some injured employees in North Carolina may find it difficult to achieve full coverage from their workers' compensation insurance. An experienced attorney can help these individuals take the actions necessary to obtain all the benefits for which they are eligible.

Source:, "Worker injured at Columbia Recycling", Chris Whitfield, Jan. 26, 2017

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