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Work accident kills 2, injures 3

There are many unknown factors in a North Carolina workplace. Often despite workers' best efforts, accidents still happen. Unfortunately, investigators in another state are working to determine how and if a recent work accident that killed two people could have been prevented.

The incident happened one night in late August. According to reports, the men were conducting maintenance in a confined pit at Bruce Mansfield Power Plant. Reports indicate that in the course of completing their work, they removed part of a pipe containing hydrogen sulfide gas. Two men, employers of Enerfab Corp., died as a result of the incident.

Three others were hospitalized with injuries. One is listed in critical condition while another is now considered fair. The condition of the third man is not clear. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration is conducting an investigation into both Enerfab and FirstEnergy Corp., which apparently owns the plant. The companies say they are also conducting their own investigations to determine why the gas was not switched off before the piece of pipe was removed.

While many organizations are determined to discover the cause of a work accident to prevent similar ones in the future, the families of the deceased men are likely wondering about their futures, including their ability to meet their financial obligations. States, including North Carolina, require employers to provide workers' compensation insurance coverage to assist victims following such incidents. While these benefits provide compensation for medical expenses and lost wages for those who are injured, they also provide for funeral expenses and can extend to certain family members in the event of a fatality. A professional with experience with such benefits can help victims fully understand their coverage.

Source: triblive.com, "One worker in fair condition after deadly power plant incident", Theresa Clift, Aug. 31, 2017

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