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Fatal workplace accident remains under investigation

All occupations hold some degree of risk. While both employers and employees in North Carolina often take measures to prevent a workplace accident, hazards can appear in unexpected ways. Unfortunately, a recent fatal accident in another state is currently under investigation by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration.

The incident that led to the employee's death happened at approximately 1 p.m. on a day in October. Rescue workers say they were called to the scene of a retirement community called Bethany Lutheran Village. Reports indicate that a worker fell off the roof, resulting in his death.

Police say that the 54-year-old male victim was employed by P&R Communications Services Inc. Although the company provides wireless solutions, the exact nature of the work the workerwas completing is unclear. No residents were injured in the incident. OSHA, which has up to six months to complete its investigation and issue a report, was reportedly at the scene less than an hour after being contacted by police.

Unfortunately, many people in North Carolina are left to cope with the fallout of a workplace accident. Because most people are unprepared for the additional expenses associated with such an accident, employers are required to provide workers' compensation insurance coverage. These benefits can provide for lost wages and medical bills. In the event of a fatality, they can also provide for funeral costs and may extend to dependent family members. Because the process can be complicated and often has several deadlines that must be met, many people who qualify for such benefits ask an experienced professional to help them seek fair compensation.

Source: daytondailynews.com, "OSHA investigates fatal fall at Bethany Village in Centerville", Oct. 12, 2017

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