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Work accident results in fatality

Regardless of a person's chosen occupation, there are risks to health and safety involved. Employers in North Carolina often go to great lengths to protect their employees, but the reality is that not all potential risks can be removed. Unfortunately, a worker at an out-of-state pottery facility has recently lost his life in a work accident.

Many of the details surrounding the accident are unclear. However, emergency medical services were called to the scene one day in April. Reports indicate that a 42-year-old man was stuck in a piece of equipment. Some sources claim that it may have been a kiln.

Emergency responders claim that the man was not trapped in the equipment when he arrived. However, he was not breathing and unresponsive and, unfortunately, passed away. While his cause of death has not been determined, an autopsy will be conducted. Although the Occupational Safety and Health Administration did not respond to media requests regarding whether it would conduct an investigation, it is standard procedure for the organization to do so following a fatal work-related accident.

Because of the impossibility of ensuring complete employee safety, states -- including North Carolina -- require employers to provide workers' compensation benefits for its employees. These benefits can provide compensation for lost wages and medical expenses in the event of an accident. In the case of a fatal work accident such as this, these benefits typically extend to surviving family members and cover funeral expenses. An attorney familiar with the process can help family members seek fair treatment.

Source:, "Pottery worker dies in accident at job", April 21, 2017

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