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Fatal industrial accidents: Man pinned by conveyor belt

Industrial employees are a vital part of our economy here in North Carolina and around the country. Their jobs can sometimes involve hidden dangers, and industrial accidents are a frightening reality for many employees and their families. One recent accident cost an industrial employee his life, leaving authorities to attempt to determine exactly what happened.

A man who worked out of state for L Brands, Bath and Body Works was working with another employee to load boxes onto a delivery truck on a recent late night. They were using a conveyor belt that expanded into the trailer. One employee was loading the boxes onto the conveyor belt when he heard some loud noises that sounded like the boxes were falling off the conveyor. He found the other employee trapped in the trailer between the conveyor belt and a wall of boxes. Employees had to move the wall of boxes around the man because he was so tightly pinned in place.

The man was given CPR and rushed to a nearby hospital, but he was pronounced dead. Authorities estimate that he was stuck for around 10 minutes before being freed. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration spoke to the media regarding what happened and is still investigating the incident.

When fatal industrial accidents like this one happen, they can leave a family devastated. In addition to the emotional trauma, this kind of accident can leave the victim's loved ones with financial costs they may not have anticipated. Here in North Carolina, workers' compensation can be utilized to offset any expenses, such as medical bills and funeral costs, or even to replace lost income. Legal counsel may be able to best advise the surviving family members of their rights after such an unspeakable tragedy.

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