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1 killed in a fatal fall at North Carolina work site

Construction accidents impact people on the job, at home and around the site. Whether a worker fell or was electrocuted, that individual has suffered an injury that was likely preventable. Employers have a responsibility to keep their employees safe. Failing to do so can lead to official investigations, fines and penalties. On top of that, the worker who was injured is entitled to workers' compensation, so he or she can focus on recovering while receiving medical and financial benefits.

In this case, a construction worker was killed in a fall in Asheboro, according to a report from March 23. The news states that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) plans to investigate the incident.

The federal safety agency reported that it will open an official investigation into the death of the worker who was employed by Wright Brothers Construction. It's not yet known if any safety violations took place, but OSHA will look into all aspects of the case to determine if the company should be fined or face other penalties. It could take several months for OSHA to complete the complicated investigation.

The incident that occurred involved a man from Burnsville. It was around 11:30 a.m. when he was disassembling a screed. It fell off the railing, which caused the worker to fall to the ground.

This is the third case of the company having talks with OSHA. In two others, OSHA received a safety complaint and investigated another worker's death after he was thrown from the back of a dump truck.

Situations like this are avoidable. You deserve to file your workers' compensation and receive the benefits it entitles you to when you're hurt on the job.

Source: WXII News, "OSHA to investigate after construction worker dies from fall in Asheboro," DaVonte McKenith, March 23, 2017

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