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Investigation set to follow fatal work accident

Every occupation holds some degree of risk. Even when a person in North Carolina feels perfectly safe, there are potential hazards that could result in serious injuries. Unfortunately, a man in another state has recently lost his life in a work accident that remains under investigation.

Reports indicate that rescue workers were called to the scene just before noon on a day in September. The sheriff's office now claims that the 60-year-old male was working at a vineyard. At the time of the accident, he was reportedly driving a pickup truck with an attached trailer on a private road.

When a forklift was reportedly being loaded onto the trailer, the truck and trailer are said to have began to slide. The motion caused the trailer and truck to jackknife. The sheriff's office says that when the man attempted to exit the pickup truck, he was pinned between the truck and trailer, and he died at the scene. The incident is set to be investigated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration as well as the coroner.

While employees are likely aware of known dangers in their immediate workplace, when unexpected incidents occur, there is often no response that is clear in the midst of it. Because workers in North Carolina and across the country can be injured or killed as a result of a work accident, states require that employers provide workers' compensation insurance coverage that can compensate victims and their families for lost wages, medical costs and funeral expenses. A professional with experience with such benefits can help those who deserve them fully understand their rights and seek fair compensation.

Source:, "Man killed in industrial accident near Lompoc identified", Sept. 22, 2017

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