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Fatal work accident remains under investigation

All occupations in North Carolina and across the country hold some degree of risk of injury. Even jobs that require a worker to spend a great deal of time at a desk could lead to a repetitive motion injury that develops over time. Additionally, those who work with heavy machinery could face serious harm if involved in a work accident. Unfortunately, one out-of-state incident resulted in the loss of a man's life.

The incident happened one day in June. According to reports, the 57-year-old man was mowing around a water booster station. The tractor mower he was using reportedly flipped over, landing on top of him.

The accident currently remains under investigation by several local agencies. In cases of fatality, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will also conduct an investigation. While such a loss is always devastating, those who knew him described him as the "heart and soul" of the public works department, making the loss especially difficult.

As often happens with a tragedy such as this in North Carolina, the community is coming together to help the victim's wife and son cope with the financial aspects of their loss through a fundraiser. However, often the loss of wages in combination with funeral expenses is significant. As a result, victims of a work accident -- including surviving family members -- are often entitled to workers' compensation benefits. An experienced attorney can help them fully understand their rights and seek appropriate compensation. The last thing a grieving family wants to deal with as they cope with the news of their loss is stress over their financial situation.

Source:, "DPW worker killed in Plainville accident identified", Jim Hand, June 16, 2017

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