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Construction worker killed in accident involving paving machine

While everyone in North Carolina likely enjoys driving on well-maintained roadways and parking lots, for example, many people are unaware of the efforts that go into building them or the potential harm that workers may face while doing so. However, all jobs hold the risk of a work-related injuries, especially when tasks involve the use of heavy machinery. Unfortunately, a construction worker in another state recently lost his life in a work-related accident.

The accident happened just before noon on a day in early May. According to reports, a 72-year-old man was operating a paver at a construction site. Reports indicate that the man fell from the paver. Police say that they are unsure about what caused the fall.

Unfortunately, the paver continued moving after the man fell, running him over. Co-workers who witnessed the incident tried to rescue the man by attempting to lift the paver with a Bobcat, but they were unsuccessful. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

The incident likely remains under investigation by multiple agencies. Typically, fatal accidents such as this spark an investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Regardless of the findings of OSHA's investigation, states are required to provide workers' compensation insurance benefits which often extend to certain family members in the event of a fatality. Such benefits can help the family of the deceased construction worker cope with the costs associated with his death, including lost wages and funeral expenses. Many in North Carolina who deserve such benefits often feel uncertainty about the compensation process, prompting them to seek guidance from an experienced professional.

Source: wesh.com, "Construction worker dies after being run over by paver in Orange City", May 1, 2018

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