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Machinery accident remains under investigation

All jobs -- regardless of whether they are mainly set at a construction site or office -- hold some degree of risk. However, occupations in North Carolina and across the country that require the use of heavy machinery could ultimately result in a serious injury. Unfortunately, a man in another state is said to have recently lost his life in a machinery accident.

The incident reportedly happened one morning on a day in mid-September. The victim of the accident, a 68-year-old man, was reportedly working on a construction project to create an elevated road to connect a bridge and a freeway. Reports indicate that he was operating a "roller" machine at the time of the accident.

Unfortunately, the machine is said to have fell down an embankment. The man was trapped underneath as a result. His co-workers were able to extricate him with the use of an excavator and a cable. The man died shortly afterward despite their efforts. Though the incident remains under investigation, indications are that it was simply a "tragic industrial accident."

Most employers -- including those in North Carolina -- work hard to ensure the safety of their workers. Despite their best efforts, not all hazards can be removed as this machinery accident appears to demonstrate. Because of this, states require employers to provide workers' compensation insurance coverage that can help victims of workplace accidents -- including surviving family members in the event of a fatality such as this -- cope with the lost wages, funeral expenses and other costs associated with such a loss. An attorney with experience with the process can help these victims pursue a fair settlement.

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