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Factory accident results in fatality; OSHA investigates

Multiple hazards face workers in North Carolina and across the country. While organizations like the Occupational Safety and Health Administration create and enforce safety standards and most employers work hard to properly train employees and provide them with appropriate protective gear, a work-related accident can still occur. In fact, OSHA is currently working to investigate a recent fatal factory accident that happened in another state.

The incident happened one morning on a day in mid-January. The 34-year-old male victim was working at Ultra Plating at the time of the incident. According to reports, the man fell into a metal lathe that was working at the time.

Although police say they were initially unable to determine if the accident could have been caused by a medical incident, an autopsy has confirmed that his death was the result of a workplace accident. OSHA has up to six months to complete its investigation. If it finds that violations of safety or health standards led to up the accident, the company could be fined and/or cited.

An OSHA investigation could potentially help to prevent other families from suffering similarly. While this knowledge could help surviving family members find closure, it will do nothing to help them cope with the financial ramifications of their loss. Many families in North Carolina are unprepared for the lost wages, funeral expenses and other financial ramifications that come with the unexpected death of a loved one. While surviving family members of a factory accident may qualify for workers' compensation insurance, many are unsure how the process works and how to ensure maximum compensation. Fortunately, there are experienced professionals who can guide them through the process.

Source: wearegreenbay.com, "Deadly incident at Green Bay factory under OSHA investigation", Erinn Taylor, Jan. 25, 2018

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