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Industrial accident at Caterpillar under investigation

Most people in North Carolina and across the country are aware that there are certain dangers that they face in the workplace. Despite this knowledge, they likely report to work each day thinking that they will safely return to their families at the end of their shift. Unfortunately, an industrial accident in another state has recently resulted in one man's death and remains under investigation.

The incident happened on an afternoon in May. Many of the details regarding the incident at Caterpillar remain unclear. However, rescue workers claim that the 60-year-old victim was welding steel plates. A plate reportedly fell, striking him and resulted in serious injury.

The man was transported to the hospital. Unfortunately, he passed away four days after the incident occurred. Multiple organizations, including the police department, district attorney's office and Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating the incident. The company could fines, citations or both if OSHA discovers that violations of workplace health and safety standards led to the accident.

All workplaces hold some degree of risk of injury; while employers and workers can take steps to reduce those risks, they cannot be completely removed. As a result, states are required to provided workers' compensation insurance benefits. These benefits can help injured workers with the costs associated with an industrial accident. In the event of a fatality such as this, benefits can extend to certain surviving family members. Many in North Carolina who are entitled to such benefits choose to seek guidance from an experienced professional as they seek fair compensation.

Source: Oak Creek, WI Patch, "60-Year-Old Man Dies From Caterpillar Accident", Scott Anderson, May 15, 2018

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