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Man loses life in North Carolina construction accident

People who work in construction are likely aware of the many dangers they face as they complete their job responsibilities. In addition to the risk of injury from heavy equipment, they also risk injuries from falls. However, many accidents are difficult to avoid. Unfortunately, one man in North Carolina recently lost his life in a fatal construction accident.

The incident happened one morning on a day in March. According to reports, the victim was a contractor for Wright Brothers Construction, working on a project related to bridge construction for a bypass. A representative for Wright Brothers claims that the man was taking apart a piece of equipment used with concrete known as a screed. Unfortunately, the screed is said to have fallen off its rail, causing the employee to fall approximately 30 feet.

First responders say that the man was semi-alert and conscious when they arrived at the scene. However, he was pronounced dead after he was transported to the hospital. The accident will most likely be investigated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to determine whether violations of health or safety standards led to the accident.

Unfortunately, a fatal construction accident such as this can often leave surviving family members facing unexpected emotional and financial ramifications. Many families in North Carolina are unprepared for the medical costs, funeral expenses and lost wages associated with the death of a loved one. While they are likely entitled to workers' compensation insurance benefits to help manage these costs, many are unfamiliar with the process and may not know how to ensure they receive adequate compensation. Fortunately, there are experienced professionals to help guide them through the process.

Source: courier-tribune.com, "Man dies in bridge construction accident", Larry Penkava, March 21, 2017

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