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Street sweeper suffers fatal workplace injuries

There are many known safety risks in a variety of different workplaces. However, many people in North Carolina may overlook the multiple different hazards that those who work with large pieces of machinery might face. Unfortunately, a streetsweeper in another state recently suffered fatal workplace injuries.

The man was reportedly discovered one Thursday morning in early September. According to reports, a construction worker discovered a man pinned by a sweet sweeper at approximately 4:30 a.m. Police and other rescue workers were called to the scene.

Unfortunately, the man passed away as a result of injuries suffered. Officials believe that the deceased man was the operator of the equipment. At the time of the accident, the 47-year-old victim was reportedly working to identify and repair a mechanical issue with the machinery. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched an investigation into the incident; it could take months to complete.

The majority of employers in North Carolina and across the United States go to great lengths to protect the safety and well-being of their employees. Unfortunately, even the safest, most experienced workers can suffer workplace injuries; as a result, employers are required to provide workers' compensation insurance coverage. These benefits can help families manage medical expenses and lost wages. In the event of a fatality, they can also cover funeral costs. Because most people feel unprepared to negotiate with an insurance company during their time of grief, many choose to hire an experienced professional who can do so on their behalf.

Source: wsbtv.com, "Man killed after being pinned under street sweeper", Sept. 7, 2017

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