Construction workers should be especially careful while working. Construction sites are usually filled with heavy machinery and large vehicles which could cause injury. Therefore these sites have a higher chance of workers experiencing injuries in North Carolina and other states. One man recently found this out the hard way when he was killed while employed at a construction site.
The incident happened in mid-July at approximately 9 a.m. near an exit off the I-270 freeway. A dump truck which was backing up ended up colliding into a 57-year-old construction worker employed at the site. The man who was working behind a concrete barrier died as a result of his injuries. He had been an employee of the state department of transportation for 30 years.
The authorities are still investigating the incident in order to determine what factors may have contributed to the cause of the accident. However, no results from these investigations have been revealed to the public. Reports have indicated that the truck was filled with concrete when it fatally struck the construction worker as it was backing up.
The director of the department of transportation has expressed his remorse and vows to stand by the construction company in order to help deal with the tragic accident. Although the director’s statements may have been well-meaning, it does not bring back the lost life. However, those who have lost loved ones to work accidents on construction sites may have the opportunity to obtain death benefits via workers’ compensation in North Carolina. These important insurance benefits typically cover final expenses, including funeral costs, as well as a lost income package for dependents of the deceased worker.
Source: Times Reporter, “Dennison man killed in I-270 construction accident,” July 18, 2013