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Man suffers fatal crush injury during workplace accident

It is in the best interests of employers to go to great lengths to protect their employees. Unfortunately, even those workplaces in North Carolina that carefully follow recommendations set forth by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration can experience a workplace accident. For example, a man in another state recently suffered a fatal crush injury in an industrial accident.

Reports indicate that the victim of the accident was a 41-year-old man. According to reports, he was operating a crane one afternoon in mid-October. An employee was said to have been using a crane to move a steel plate with a remote control.

Unfortunately, the plate reportedly fell, crushing the worker. Other workers were able to remove the plate with the crane, but the man died the day after the accident. OSHA is currently investigating the incident; the company could be fined and/or cited if the investigation reveals that workplace health or safety standards were violated leading up to the accident. Reports indicate that a serious violation for what appears to be issues related to this recent accident in 2014.

Employees in North Carolina and across the country who work with heavy equipment and large objects face the risk of suffering a crush injury. Many individuals and their families are unable to cope with the financial ramifications of such an accident. As a result, employers are required to provide workers' compensation insurance benefits. Although these benefits can extend to dependent family members in the event of a fatality, many choose to ask a professional with experience with the compensation process for help seeking a fair settlement.

Source: wisn.com, "Man dies after industrial accident on Milwaukee's south side", Oct. 18, 2017

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