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Fatal work accident remains under investigation

In a workplace, there are often obvious dangers. As such, employers in North Carolina and other areas of the country will often ensure that workers are protected from these known risks. However, there are sometimes hazards that may be difficult to predict. In fact, a man in another state recently lost his life in a work accident.

The incident happened at a chicken plant. On a day in early October, police say that the 59-year-old male victim was attempting to change a battery in a pallet jack. The battery was reportedly being lowered by a lever after being secured to an electric hoist.

Unfortunately, the battery reportedly became caught on another battery nearby. The victim is said to have leaned forward to help maneuver the battery around the obstacle. Unfortunately, the battery fell, striking him in the head. The man, whose identity was not released, was transported to the hospital where he passed away as a result of serious head trauma.

Because of the accident, a family is now left facing the unexpected death of a loved one. Often, such a loss comes with serious financial complications as a result of funeral expenses and lost wages. Unfortunately, even employers and workers who go to great lengths to promote a safe work environment cannot anticipate all the hazards that can lead to a work accident. As such, employers in North Carolina and across the country are required to provide workers' compensation insurance benefits which often extend to certain family members in the event of a fatality.

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