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Fatal ladder fall remains under investigation

Every workplace holds some degree of risk, ranging from a repetitive motion injury to fatal injuries suffered in falls. Most employers in North Carolina and across the country go to great lengths to help protect their workers. Unfortunately, a workplace accident can still happen, leaving injured workers or their surviving family members wondering how they will cope. In fact, a fatal ladder fall that occurred in another state remains under investigation.

The incident happened just after 8:30 a.m. on a day in early June. According to reports, firefighters from a volunteer fire department responded to a call regarding a fall at a building that is under renovations. Upon arrival, they requested additional assistance.

Soon after help arrived, a 31-year-old man trapped in an elevator shaft was extricated. Unfortunately, he died as a result of injuries suffered in the incident. Reports indicate that the man was working on a ladder when he fell 20 feet, causing him to become trapped between an elevator counterweight and a wall.

The incident remains under investigation by multiple organizations. While investigators will work to determine whether health or safety standards were violated in the events leading up to the accident, the man's family must confront the news of his death due to a ladder fall; often, the unexpected death of a loved one in a workplace accident can be devastating, both emotionally and financially. However, surviving family members may be entitled to workers' compensation insurance benefits. Because the compensation process can be complicated, there are experienced professionals who can help people in North Carolina navigate it. While a fair settlement will likely do little to lessen their grief, it can allow them sufficient financial security to focus on their overall recovery.

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