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North Carolina man killed in workplace accident

Hazards in the workplace come in a variety of different forms. Even workers who have spent a large portion of their lives in a particular industry can ultimately fall victim to a workplace accident. Unfortunately, multiple agencies are currently investigating a fatal accident involving a logger in North Carolina.

The incident reportedly occurred one morning on a day in early July. Reports indicate that a 51-year-old man was working on a hillside. He was taking down several trees when the incident happened. Unfortunately, one of the trees reportedly fell on him, taking his life.

Reports indicate that a co-worker who was nearby warned him to get out of the way. Unfortunately, it is believed that the victim could not hear the warning over the sound of equipment. While all the details of the accident are unclear, officials claim that it appears to be a tragic accident. North Carolina workplace safety officials as well as the sheriff's department are investigating the incident. If it is determined that safety or health standards were violated in the events leading up to the accident, the man's employer could face fines, citations or both.

Although there are many efforts in place to protect workers, it is almost impossible to completely eliminate all workplace hazards. As a result, employers in North Carolina are required to provide workers' compensation insurance benefits to provide financial assistance to those injured in a workplace accident. In the event of a fatality such as this, benefits can extend to certain family members. An attorney with experience with these benefits can help workers and their families fully understand the compensation process and pursue a settlement that is fair.

Source:, "Man killed in logging accident in Caldwell County identified", July 4, 2017

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