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Man dies after accident on the job involving dump truck

Employees in North Carolina and all around the country rely on their jobs to provide for themselves and their families. The sense of pride they often feel in a job well-done is compounded in the knowledge that they are ensuring the needs of their loved ones are met. An accident on the job could interfere with their ability to take care of those who are most important to them. A recent out of state workplace accident that cost a man his life may mean that any family he had could be devastated emotionally as well as financially.

Authorities say that the accident happened on a recent afternoon in South Carolina. The 42-year-old man worked at a recycling center, as a dump truck driver. At this point, details of exactly what happened haven't been released, though officials say that the man was struck by the tail gate on his dump truck. Despite being rushed to a local hospital for surgery, he died of his injuries that same evening.

An autopsy has been ordered and will hopefully provide more details about exactly what occurred. Authorities from the local sheriff's and coroner's offices are still looking into the case. Thus far, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has not gotten involved, though it is still early in the process.

When an unfortunate accident on the job happens such as this, families of the victim may not be aware of their rights to receive workers' compensation death benefits on behalf of their loved one. Such financial benefits could be used to cover any outstanding medical bills, funeral costs or other expenses that they may encounter. An attorney who is knowledgeable of employee rights in these situations can help North Carolina families navigate what can be a difficult process, in order to ensure that survivors are taken care of in the way their loved ones would wish.

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