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Worker flown to hospital after construction accident

The construction industry in North Carolina and most other areas of the country has many potential hazards. While employers, workers and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration all work hard to ensure the safety of everyone, a construction accident can still occur, often with serious consequences. For example, a worker at a construction site was recently transported to the hospital by helicopter after he became trapped.

According to reports, the incident happened one morning on a day in late June. The man was reportedly working at a site of new home construction taking place in a new development. While he was working, a large concrete foundation slab reportedly fell, causing the man to become trapped underneath.

An excavator used at the site is believed to have either caused the collapse or fallen afterward. The equipment had to be moved before the man could be extricated. Although the man's injuries are not considered life-threatening, he was flown to the hospital by helicopter. The incident is under investigation by OSHA.

Unfortunately, a construction accident such as this can have serious physical and financial consequences. The average worker is likely unable to manage medical expenses while he or she is also unable to work and experiencing lost wages. As a result, North Carolina requires employers to provide workers' compensation insurance coverage to help with these complications. Despite being entitled to these benefits, many workers -- who typically lack familiarity with the compensation process -- are often unaware of how to ensure they receive fair compensation. Fortunately, there are experienced professionals who can help.

Source:, "Worker hurt in Coventry industrial accident", June 26, 2017

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