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Officials to investigate fatal work accident

There are likely hundreds of tasks that a worker in North Carolina performs throughout his or her workday. Often this tasks are mundane and carry little risk of harm. However, some tasks may seem relatively safe but can turn deadly when something unexpected happens. Unfortunately, a man in another state recently lost his life in a fatal work accident.

The incident happened during the morning hours of a day in early May. According to reports, the 34-year-old victim was working at a vineyard. He was reportedly attempting to disentangle vineyard wire that had become wrapped around the tiller attached to a tractor.

While he worked the tiller dropped onto him, causing fatal injuries. He was later discovered, trapped underneath the equipment, by a co-worker who alerted authorities. The incident is now set to be investigated by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health.

The Cal/OSHA investigation could ultimately result in fines, citations or both against the man's employer. While this outcome could potentially prevent a similar work accident from occurring in the future, it will do little to help the family coping with the consequences of the unexpected death of their loved one. Fortunately, all states require employers to provide workers' compensation insurance coverage that can help families cope with the financial consequences of their loss, allowing them to focus on their recovery from the emotional consequences. Many people in North Carolina who deserve such benefits seek guidance from an experienced professional to help them seek fair compensation.

Source:, "Fairfield man dies in Sonoma County vineyard accident", May 2, 2018

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