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Officials investigate fatal work accident

The vast majority of employers in North Carolina and other areas of the country are committed to protecting the safety of their employees. Unfortunately, some people must perform tasks that are dangerous, potentially putting their lives as risk. Even when all safety precautions are followed, a work accident can still occur. Officials in another state are still investigating the cause of a recent accident that resulted in a fatality.

The incident happened on a day in early August. According to reports, the 45-year-old victim was working with a front end loader used to transport pallets to be chopped. Unfortunately, officials claim he may have been using ether while trying to mount a tire onto it, and an explosion occurred. Ether can be used to quickly fill a tire but has several potential risks, including an explosion if too much gas is used.

Rescue workers provided first aid. Unfortunately, he passed away as a result of injuries suffered in the incident. The tragedy remains under investigation; authorities are likely working to determine whether health or safety standards were violated in the events leading up to the crash.

Families who lose a loved one in such an unexpected manner often struggle emotionally and financially with their loss. Fortunately, employers are required to provide workers' compensation insurance coverage to help with the financial consequences of a work accident. In the event of the fatality, these benefits can extend to certain family members. Those who deserve compensation in North Carolina often choose to seek guidance from an attorney with experience with the compensation process to help ensure fair treatment.

Source: mlive.com, "Inflating tire with ether may have caused explosion that killed worker", Al Jones, Aug. 9, 2017

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