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Man suffers critical injuries in work accident

When many people in North Carolina think of dangerous occupations, the first thing that frequently comes to mind may be jobs like firefighters, police officers or military personnel. While those jobs certainly have risks, all jobs -- especially those that require the use of heavy machinery -- could result in a work accident. Unfortunately, a man in another state recently suffered serious injuries in a recent incident.

The accident happened on a day in mid-July. According to reports, it involved a man working at Vinyltech Corporation, a company that began making PVC pipe products in 1983; their products are used for municipal water systems. Unfortunately, reports indicate that the man became caught in a piece of hydraulic baling equipment. A baler is traditionally used to press certain waste products, such as cardboard, so that it can be pressed into a bale.

Reports indicate that the man had been extricated by the time rescue workers arrived. However, he spent approximately five minutes stuck in the piece of equipment. Though reports indicate that he is in critical condition, the exact nature of his injuries and his identity are unclear. The incident remains under investigation.

Unfortunately, a work accident such as this can have a significant impact on the rest of a person's life. Treatment can be lengthy and expensive. In some cases, victims in North Carolina are never fully able to recover and return to work in the same capacity. Fortunately, injured workers are often entitled to workers' compensation insurance benefits, which can help with many of these issues, including providing funds for medical expenses, lost wages and the costs associated with job retraining, if necessary.  Because there are important deadlines associated with the compensation process, those injured may not be able to to fight for a settlement on their own due to their injuries, prompting them to seek help from an experienced professional.

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