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1 killed, 1 injured in North Carolina construction site accident

When most people think of dangerous professions, the first thing that comes to mind is typically law enforcement and the military. Unfortunately, all jobs hold some degree of risk, even when workers are diligent about following safety guidelines. For example, officials are now investigating a recent construction site accident in North Carolina.

The incident happened on a day in late November. According to reports, the two victims were working at a Staples Distribution Center construction site. Choate Construction manages the site where the accident occurred.

Unfortunately, the two men are said to have fallen approximately 40 feet. Both men were transported to the hospital; one of the victims passed away while the other is in stable condition. The identities of the two men have not been released. Many of the details about the accident are unclear, but the incident is under investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

There are many people who are dedicated to ensuring employees are safe in the workplace. Despite these efforts, there is no way to completely eradicate the possibility of a construction site accident, among other workplace accidents. As a result, employers are required to provide workers' compensation insurance coverage that can help with hospital bills, lost wages and the costs of retraining in the event the injured worker in unable to return to work in the same capacity. These benefits can extend to certain family members in the event of a fatality, including provisions for funeral expenses. To ensure fair treatment, victims in North Carolina often choose to seek advice from a professional with experience with such cases.

Source: fox46charlotte.com, "OSHA to inspect after deadly work site fall in SW Charlotte", Nov. 27, 2017

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