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Scaffolding accident leaves 2 workers dead

Many people in North Carolina and across the country enjoy traveling and staying in nice hotels, but many people may not fully appreciate the effort that goes into creating these experiences. Even before a hotel is completed, thousands of hours of labor are put into it. Some workers may even put their lives at risk while doing so. In fact, two workers were recently killed in a scaffolding accident in another state.

Though it happened at a site that Disney World does not own, the accident site is said to be surrounded by Disney property. It occurred at the site of a $282 million project by Marriott International that is managed by DCS Investment Holdings. Reports indicate that two men, ages 34 and 46, were killed when scaffolding collapsed. A third person almost fell but was able to "hold onto something" until other workers could help him.

Social media reports indicate that the men were working between the sixth and seventh floor when the accident happened. The cause of the collapse is unknown. The incident remains under investigation by both the Occupational Safety and Health Administration as well as the local sheriff's office.

Unfortunately, the families of the two deceased men are likely facing a shocking reality as they come to terms with the news of the fatal scaffolding accident. Many people who lose a loved one in such a manner must face not only the emotional implications of their loss but also the financial ones. In addition to funeral expenses, families must also cope with lost wages, potentially leaving them in a precarious financial situation. Though they are likely entitled to workers' compensation insurance benefits, some people in North Carolina find negotiating with an insurance company difficult during the best of times, but it can be especially challenging following an unexpected loss. Fortunately, there are experienced professionals who can help them throughout the compensation process.

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