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Construction worker accident results in death, OSHA investigation

The construction industry is the source for many jobs here in North Carolina and all over the country. Though construction work is a necessary part of modern life, it can still pose risks to employees, particularly if construction companies take any shortcuts when it comes to safety. A construction worker accident can have disastrous consequences, as a recent out-of-state accident makes clear.

The accident occurred on a recent morning in Massachusetts. A man lost his life on a construction site after apparently falling down an elevator shaft. The police responding to a call for help, but the worker died at the scene. Authorities, including representatives of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, are still investigating the incident, and they waited to release his name, as his family wasn't immediately able to be notified.

The building in question used to be a factory. The upper floors are intended to be developed into affordable apartments, while the first floor is going to be used as commercial space. The city was planning to revitalize other buildings in the area, but now it is unclear whether or when those plans will move forward. So far, neither the police nor OSHA have given any indication regarding the details of the tragedy.

The man's surviving family is likely entitled to receive workers' compensation death benefits. These benefits typically include medical expenses and funeral costs, as well as a lost income package for covered dependents. In North Carolina, an attorney can help a family in similar circumstances with the claims process and also assess whether the gathered evidence supports any separate civil claims for monetary damages accruing due to a fatal construction worker accident.

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