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Life lost in North Carolina workplace accident

The vast majority of workers in North Carolina are committed to both their safety as well as the safety of their co-workers while completing their job responsibilities. Unfortunately, even the safest of workers can sometimes be involved in a workplace accident. In fact, a man was recently killed at a foundry.

The incident happened on a day in December. Reports indicate that the 75-year-old victim was supervising the excavation of a hole that would the be used as part of a concrete foundation intended to be part of a fall prevention system. Reports indicate that the as employees rotated the bucket of an excavator, the man was struck.

As a result, he fell into the hole which contained concrete. Although he was transported to the hospital, he was pronounced dead upon arrival. The man, whose identity was not immediately released, was reportedly a contractor at the site, employed by Wiggins Construction. The incident will likely spark an investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Few families are prepared for the unexpected death of a loved one. Often, the impact of lost wages and funeral expenses quickly become overwhelming. Fortunately, employers are required to provide workers' compensation insurance coverage. While this insurance coverage can compensate workers injured in a workplace accident for lost wages and medical expenses, it also provides for funeral costs in the event of a fatality and can extend to certain family members. Those who deserve such benefits in North Carolina often seek advice from a professional who has experience with the pursuit of a fair settlement.

Source: wbtv.com, "Worker dies after being injured in industrial accident in Monroe", Dec. 20, 2017

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