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Construction worker believed dead following drill rig accident

For families in North Carolina and across the country, there is likely nothing more difficult than knowing that their loved one has been involved in a fatal accident but still waiting for the recovery of a body. Unfortunately, a family in another state his experiencing the agony of such a scenario. The construction worker was reportedly involved in an accident at a site on a construction site at a major airport.

The incident involving the worker happened in late May. According to reports, the worker was the operator of a drill rig. Unfortunately, the rig overturned. Though emergency workers launched a rescue operation, it was reclassified as a recovery operation due to the time that had passed; the man is now believed to be deceased.

Those with knowledge of the operation say that workers have been able to excavate the area of the collapse, allowing trucks to move dirt from the site. Unfortunately, one worker details the difficulty of the task, noting that when they remove sand, more falls in. The site is now approximately 22 feet deep and 75 feet wide. The missing worker's identity has not been released.

It is difficult for those who have not experienced such a loss to fully understand what the family of the lost construction worker is going through. Not only are they experiencing the loss of a loved one and the agonizing wait for the recovery of his body, they may also face financial complications. Lost wages in combination with funeral expenses can quickly become overwhelming. Though they may be entitled to workers' compensation insurance benefits, they may not be prepared to seek a fair settlement. As many in North Carolina have done following the loss of a loved one in a workplace accident, this family has the option of asking an experienced attorney to help them through the compensation process.

Source:, "Search for body of worker at Phoenix airport drill-rig site goes on", Kelsey Mo and Nathan J. Fish, May 24, 2018

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