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Construction worker fatally struck by vehicle in work zone

While all jobs in North Carolina hold some degree of risk, construction workers often face several different hazards to their health and safety. Those who work on roadways are around heavy equipment and, often, inattentive drivers. Unfortunately, one construction worker in another state recently lost her life in a work-related accident.

A representative for the sheriff's department says they received a call regarding the incident at approximately 1:30 p.m. on a day in April. When emergency workers arrived at the scene, the 52-year-old victim had passed away. The investigation into the accident is ongoing.

Recent reports indicate that the woman was working on an interstate. The site was reportedly closed, meaning no pedestrian vehicles entered the area. The sheriff's office claims that a construction vehicle being driven in reverse by another worker struck the woman. As such, the incident has been classified as an industrial accident. A representative for the company that employed the woman, Sleeten Construction, has released a statement expressing the company's condolences to the woman's family and friends.

Despite the variety of different measures that employers have in place to foster a safe work environment, workplace accidents can still occur. Often a construction worker may face more risks than the average worker in other industries. Unfortunately, an incident such as this can leave surviving family members wondering how they will continue to meet their financial responsibilities as they face funeral expenses and lost wages. While they may be entitled to workers' compensation insurance benefits, they may be unaware of how the compensation process works. Fortunately, an experienced professional can help those entitled to such benefits in North Carolina negotiate a fair settlement.

Source:, "Troy woman's road construction death was caused by a construction vehicle", Andrea Lutz, April 19, 2017

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