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Fatal industrial accident under investigation

There are a variety of different hazards in every single work environment in North Carolina and across the country. While employees can take safety precautions by ensuring that they are properly trained to use certain equipment and have appropriate safety gear, an industrial accident can still occur if machinery acts in a way that is unanticipated. Unfortunately, a man in another state has recently passed away as a result of injuries suffered in such an accident.

The incident happened on a day in early April. Reports indicate that the 29-year-old man was working to clear brush on a rural property. A witness claims that the victim was using a chainsaw at the time of his death.

According to the witness, the chainsaw "kicked back," causing injuries that resulted in the man's death. The incident is currently under investigation by both the local sheriff's office as well as by officials with the California Division of the Occupational Safety and Health. If DOSH, which has several months to complete its investigation, determines that health and safety violations occurred in the events leading of to the accident, the man's employer could face fines and/or citations.

Unfortunately, a fatal industrial accident such as this can leave surviving family members struggling. In addition to their grief, they must also cope with the financial repercussions of their loss. Because funeral expenses and lost wages can be devastating in the aftermath of such an event, employers are required to provide workers' compensation insurance benefits. Many people in North Carolina who deserve such benefits often turn to an attorney with experience with the compensation process to guide them through it.

Source: northcoastjournal.com, "UPDATE: Man Killed in Chainsaw Accident Identified", Thadeus Greenson, April 2, 2018

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