Individuals in North Carolina and elsewhere who operate in fields that require them to work with and around high-voltage power cables may face various hazards nearly every day. Work-related incidents involving power lines have the unfortunate chance of causing workers to suffer life-changing harm or worse. A recent workplace accident that occurred as workers were attempting to install underground lines in another state has reportedly claimed the lives of two individuals and left another with serious injuries.
According to reports, the incident is said to have occurred at around 8:40 a.m. on a recent Saturday. Reports indicate those involved were installing underground power lines when for reasons still under investigation, they came into contact with a high-voltage cable. The incident reportedly forced authorities to respond by evacuating the area while they worked to identify any possible safety risks.
Officials say that two of the workers involved in the accident suffered fatal injuries and were both pronounced dead soon thereafter. A third worker suffered severe injuries and was transported to a nearby medical facility for treatment. Incidents of this nature run the risk of leaving injured workers facing extensive medical costs and a long road to recovery or leaving families dealing with a variety of financial hardships as they mourn the untimely loss of someone close.
Individuals who suffer serious harm or loss in a workplace accident may be eligible for financial aid through the workers’ compensation insurance system, but they might be uncertain how best to approach the process. Fortunately, there are attorneys who can evaluate the circumstances a person in North Carolina is facing and provide much needed guidance in navigating the process. An attorney can provide a client with advice on what to expect from the process and assist in pursuing the full amount of compensation achievable through every possible source.