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Man killed in work accident

For many workers in North Carolina, certain work-related tasks become routine. However, even the most experienced workers can fall victim to a work accident. For example, officials say that a man in another state lost his life while working at a plant.

The man was working at Shaw Industries, a company that is owned by Berkshire Hathaway Inc. and manufactures flooring products. The incident that led to the 51-year-old man's death happened on a day in late October. Reports indicate that he was pinned between a stationary I-beam and a moving part on a piece of machinery.

Some reports say that the man reached down to pick up an object in the machine. According to some, another worker reportedly threw a rope to him, and the victim was bending down to pick it up. Unfortunately, he died at the scene. Investigators believe that the event was an accident. While local authorities are not investigating the incident, fatal workplace accidents are typically investigated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Workplaces in North Carolina and across the country often go to great lengths to protect the safety of employees. Unfortunately, it only takes a split second for a devastating work accident to occur. Now the family of the deceased man is likely wondering how they will cope with the expenses stemming from his unexpected death. Employers are required to provide workers' compensation insurance coverage in the event of an accident, and these benefits can extend to certain family members if the accident results in a fatality. An attorney with experience with such cases can help them seek the compensation they deserve.

Source: seattletimes.com, "Man killed after being caught in a piece of machinery", Nov. 1, 2017

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