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Worker suffers leg injury after trapped by granite

Multiple unexpected hazards can arise in a North Carolina workplace. Even when workers attempt to be safe, a workplace setting that is unstable due to structural issues could ultimately result in an accident that has serious consequences. Unfortunately, a man in another state has suffered what may be a serious leg injury in a recent workplace accident.

The incident is said to have occurred one morning on a day in August. According to reports, a beam at ICM Stone, a stonework warehouse, gave way. As a result, several slabs of granite fell on the man's left leg.

Rescue workers say that the man was trapped by nine pieces of granite, each of which weighed 700 pounds. Using forklifts and inflatables, it took approximately an hour to extricate the victim, who was sedated. Rescue workers say that the man's position, the weight of the granite and the fact that it kept breaking complicated rescue efforts. The man was transported to the hospital once he was freed.

While the exact nature of his leg injury is unclear, it is likely that he will face a long recovery. In some workplace accidents, victims are never able to fully recover, potentially preventing them from returning to work in the same capacity. Because the financial ramifications of such an incident can be devastating, employers are required to provide workers' compensation insurance coverage, which can help ease many of the financial complications -- such as lost wages and medical expenses -- that can often arise from such an accident. Victims of a workplace injury in North Carolina often turn to an experienced professional to help them seek a fair settlement.

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