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Construction worker dies in roof collapse

When most people in North Carolina think of dangerous professions, firefighters and police officers are often the first that come to mind. However, construction workers often face a significant amount of risk in their work environment due to the possibility of collapsing structures or falling objects, for example. Unfortunately, a construction worker in another state recently lost his life in a work-related accident.

The incident happened on a day in mid-August. Reports indicate that the approximately 50-year-old victim was working at the site of a warehouse that was being demolished. Unfortunately, he was struck by a portion of concrete roof. Although officials say the building was being demolished in sections, they were unsure if the section in which the man was killed was meant to fall at that time.

After co-workers discovered the man, the fire department was able to extricate him from the rubble with the use of heavy lifting equipment. It is unclear who employed the man as several companies have equipment at the site; one of the companies, Pearson Construction, declined to comment on the incident. The accident is under investigation by the local police department in addition to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

The family of the deceased construction worker is likely still coming to terms with the news of his unexpected death. Unfortunately, many families must also face the reality of their financial situation while coping with their grief. The prospect of lost wages in combination with funeral expenses can be daunting. As a result, employers are required to provide workers' compensation insurance benefits to protect workers and their families in the event of a workplace accident. Because those suffering such a loss are often unprepared to negotiate for fair compensation, many in North Carolina who deserve these benefits seek help from an experienced professional.

Source: kansas.com, "One killed in industrial accident on Friday", Katherine Burgess, Aug. 18, 2017

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