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Collapsed trench kills worker in construction accident

The construction industry is vital to North Carolina. Not only is it needed to create buildings and structures, but it employs a great deal of people. Unfortunately, it can also be a very dangerous industry for workers. A recent fatal construction accident makes this danger all too clear, as authorities work to determine exactly what went wrong.

Employees for a subcontractor were building a retaining wall for a company that was constructing an apartment complex. That morning, workers were digging a trench in preparation for that wall, but the trench collapsed, burying a construction worker in dirt. Other workers made two calls to 911, but the man was not able to be freed in time. The job site was shut down for two days in order to review safety procedures with workers.

The North Carolina Department of Labor is still investigating the incident in cooperation with the main contractor. It is not known whether proper equipment and safety procedures were being used when the incident occurred. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has said that excavating and trenching are one of the most hazardous construction tasks. The main contractor has reportedly had around a dozen safety violations over an eight-year period, though a company spokesman claims that they've made the necessary corrections.

Tragedies like this one here in North Carolina can have a long-lasting negative affect on the families of workers who lose their lives. The man's loved ones are entitled to receive any workers' compensation benefits he may have earned. A knowledgeable attorney may be able to help an employee's loved ones navigate this kind of difficult situation. No one should lose his or her life in a construction accident, but should one happen, there are ways to ensure that the person's loved ones are cared for.

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